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Easy Watercolor Painting for Beginners 1

teacher avatar Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Drawing

    • 3. The Base Foundation

    • 4. Basic Black

    • 5. Blushing Lips

    • 6. Eyes

    • 7. Outro

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About This Class

Hello Everyone! This is a watercolor class for beginners interested in picking up a few techniques to paint easy portraits. You will learn how to paint a beautiful portrait with very little effort. If you are one of those people wanting to learn how to create stunning portraits in a short amount of time, this class can help. I have been painting for a while and I have come across a few techniques to easily paint portraits and watercolors are the perfect medium for such a thing.

What You Will Learn :

* How to get the proportions of the facial features right

* The technique of layering 

* How to correctly place your shadows

What You Will Need :

* Watercolor Set

* Pencil and Eraser

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Sharon Mapuvire

Anything Is Possible


Hello everyone, my name is Sharon Mapuvire and I'm a freelance fashion designer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Skillshare team invited me to be a part of the teaching community and I felt it would be a great platform to share my skills and talent because I have developed easy ways of painting and drawing portraits. Making it possible for anyone to start painting portraits today. 

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1. Intro: Welcome, Teoh. Easy. What a color painting for beginners in this class. I'm going to demonstrate how to create beautiful portrait using easy techniques that anyone can follow. This is a step by step class starting from joining the face, painting the features, the hair on the clothing. This is a class for beginners. So if you've been a bit wary about painting portrait, it's I believe this class can help. I'm gonna show you how you can use the technique of flaring to create visually appealing, stunning portrait that control you in all you need. It's a standard pack off water colors, clean glass of water, some brushes, a pencil and eraser. Let's get started. 2. Drawing : I'm going to start by roughly drawing the shape off the face. I'm drawing a young girl so the proportions are different firm. If you're drawing a woman and then I'm gonna allocate why I'm gonna place my features, my mouth, my nose, my eyebrows and I'm going to start to draw in my eyebrows. And then my eyes and I just start to roughly drawing so that I have an idea of where I'm gonna place everything. So I first make sure my proportions are correct. And then I go in and I will clean everything up and fix it. If you don't know how to draw eyes, please check out a tutorial that I have specifically demonstrating how to draw eyes. And it really breaks it down with you. I you of course, you have your top crease you, I and Iris in the middle. And then I'm drawing my nose and then my lips, and then I'll start to explain the proportions. So once you have most of your features away, all of your features on your face here's how you figure out the dimensions. Take your overall face and divided into three. So the first part is from the forehead to where the eyebrows begin, from the eyebrows to the middle, off the bottom, off the nose from that section. Thio Chin. This is for small face for a young girl, So that's how you divide the proportions. And then I start to clean up my lines for my eyes on my nose. There's the eyelids, a crease on base, the line with the lashes when you draw your iris bottom of your eye, and underneath that you have a lying where you're gonna place your bottom eyelashes right here and inside your iris. You'll have your pupil smallest circle, and you leave little parts in that area on colored. And then I have drawn a strand of hair just going across her face to add more character to the overall picture. I mean placing the Cupid's bow and I'm gonna clean up hm Phillips as the sun shines so brightly, so you have a V in the middle, and then, right below that it's like an upside down hill and also on the sides. So you have, like a hail and dips, comes out and dips and comes out for the top, and then on the bottom. That's where you have a few lines. See seed curves in and out for the bottom of the top step, and then I'm going to continue during my hair. Hair lying was, I create a face of a young girl and I'm drawing using a 0.5 millimeter clutch pencil, a mechanical pencil. You can use this, or you can use a standard pencil I before a mechanical pencil because I don't have to keep shopping out. It remains to shop throughout. That's why I prefer, um, and then I place little hairs aside the eyebrow and she's going to be wearing a scarf, some disco, Mitchell that around her neck, and that's it. 3. The Base Foundation: Okay, Now we're gonna start to add some color. I mixed a skin tone color. Some packs come with it, and some you have to makes mine was finished, so I just mixed my own. And then I'm going to start by painting on the bottom off the I. And then I make swift water. And to begin here, we're basically we're just creating a base. So keep it really light. Don't go to dark. We're going to go on top of this base later on. This is just so that we know where we're placing our paint. And I want to place my paint around the corner of my eye above my eye below it, going towards the side off the off the head. And I'm using a small brush in a medium sized brush alternated between the two. The small brush helps me just get those really defined areas. And then, of course, the medium brushes helps move a bit faster that on the neck, and you place more paint on the sides. And again, I'm just painting the foundation to show you where we're gonna be painting. See? You know what a place yours? Because we're not gonna paint the whole face from the bottom of the nose and the tip and other sides try and keep the center off the nose Completely clear. We always want the color of the paint to move from the sides of the nose and from the bottom and just above on the cause. It to the bridge, the center. You want to keep that clear again, Both the I and the reason why we're not painting the whole faces because this is a class for beginners on. And this will help you be able to control how much paint you place in areas he colored the whole face for some people can get. It's very easy to get lost like you have started so well and then it just finishes looking like So it's always good to just place paint inserts in areas on the face where, of course, you usually have shadows create those shadows close to the hair to be a doctor and next to the nose you have the crease that island crease. So I'm just, I think, a bit more pain to where they will be shadow. So think about us on the first we started placing a base for where we're gonna place. I'll paint overall, and now I'm painting over where there is shadows who just think about it being besides of the neck just below the head of the side of the face from the side of the after knows 4. Basic Black: And now we're going to lying our eyes nose with black used your smallest, smallest brush and you're just going to lying with eyelashes are all around the eye and below the nose with nostrils are filled that in with black the lashes in the bottom of the eyes. And don't worry about the pencil for now, we're gonna erase later on. I'm gonna add the eyebrows. Just these quick, quick strokes. It's It helps if you move quickly when you're painting inside the eyebrows, then to be a brush in water and then go back and she paint in between those quick strokes, and then the black witches blend right in and fill in the gaps. It's really easy painting brows, and I'm going to add just more painful where we once to place the shadow. So in the corner, off the nose, where it meets the eye and on the corner of my eye, towards the side of the head. So look at your face. And if you're not really starts enough, where shadows full and then below that I am going to start adding some of the black, but it's pretty water to see. Dip your brush in black, and then you dip it in water and then paint over because we just want that area to be slightly darker. Yeah, just added a bit more off the of the brown, right on top and then on the side of the neck, I'm adding a bit off black that's slightly watered, and I have given her little beauty spots a beauty mark on the side of her face when you're painting by the Cupid's bow right below the nose above the lips on the corner, off your eye in the coffee I want to add a bit of dark brown or a bit of black. Yeah, that shadow below the mouth to mark with the chin is and water it down. Don't make it too dark to defiant. It's pretty soft and continue lining with the black all around the face. Go back in the corners off the eye for the whites off the I at a bit of black that I'm gonna Watertown with water. Just a compression water. You water down at a bit of shadow. Uh, 5. Blushing Lips: Now we're gonna pay tower lips. I start by lining the bottom of the top lip with paint, and the color that I'm using It is It's a mixture of orange and red, so I just lying all across. And then I blend a little bit off water, moving towards the top of them off the lip so it's mostly saturated in the centre off the mouth. And then I add on the top of the bottom lip in this senator paint and paints with the strokes moving in a direction from the center to the edge in the center to the bottom, I should say, and then from the bottom going up so that it creates that Robin did effect in the middle. And then I start to blended about so water and a blend, making the center the middle of the bottom lip more, lights her in a watery, and I'm gonna leave a few areas just here and there and painted to have those two areas and painted so he to your lips. And now for the hair, I mixed a blue with black to create this stony tone for the hair. I wanted to use a color that is and conventional, and it also helps make the face stand out even more. And for the hair, it's not very detailed. Two strokes Just grab a M a larger medium sized brush and just paint over its and place shadows. Whether shadows over here is gonna be pretty dark. But I using the technique off layering over here, I started off really watery paying toe watery base, and then I would just continue painting over and over and over. The reason why I recommend the technical flaring is because from beginners and minimizes room for errors and mistakes. 6. Eyes: for the eyes and going to paint them blue with my small brush, I start by painting the rim of the iris all around, because if you look at eyes, there is a ring around the edge and then I plant as I moved towards the center to move towards the pupil. So you put a lot of your paint on the outside off the iris, and then you dip your brush in water than you blend and move the paint towards the center of the eye. And then it colored the pupil pretty darkly because, of course, the pupils pretty dog, if you look at it and then you just leave little areas and see colored, and then draw these lines that are moving from the pupil towards the edge off your iris. And with you, I, especially for the centre where it's blended, planted really likely. And then you can add more pains if you feel like it needs to be darker, which I will definitely be doing. But for now, I'm just gonna do it, creedy likely. And then I'm going to add some color to the white of my eye. I will go back to my blue eyes later on after stride. And then I just want to add a little bit of color inside the I and the coolers. And now I'm gonna play some shadow just below the the hair and a mix. I have a duck brown mixture here, and I planted out with some water and I'm gonna just place shadows where, of course you would find it. So right below the hair with the hair meets the skin is where you place some color and then you blend it out so that it fades into the paper for the scarf and painting. It's blue and for the scarf, my first to like a base so that I just generally painted across. And then I'm gonna go back, and I will add some detail with some strokes to my scarf in the color strands that full onto the scars and lining off the lips all across with the same red that you used. And then I erase the pencil 7. Outro: and this is a complete result. I added some brush strokes to my scarf and then I added more color to the nose and a little bit off color to the cheeks very softly. And this is the product off the technique of layering. You start off likely, and then you build and build and build until you have this easy, beautiful portrait in what colors? Thank you for joining the class. Thank you for your support. And if you are interested in learning more what a color painting. Have another easy class for painting watercolor portrait. It's Thank you and take care.