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Easy Watercolour Portraits

teacher avatar Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Hair

    • 3. Face

    • 4. Shoulder to Shoulder

    • 5. End

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About This Class


Easy and quick way to paint portraits in watercolours. Create portraits full of emotion with little detail. Portraits that you can turn into prints and sell online. 

What You Will Learn :

  • How to paint lips, eyes, eyebrows and hair
  • How to blend your watercolour paints to create the impression of certain features
  • How to add character to a face

What You Will Need :

  • A pencil drawing of a face. You can trace a picture.
  • Watercolour Paints.
  • 2 brushes - the smallest size you can get and one size above that.

Meet Your Teacher

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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: Hi, guys. My name is Sharon, and I'm a free lines fashion designer and illustrator. And as an artist, I saw a lot of my art online 100 bubble. And when it's issuing easy way of painting, the portrait of quick and easy watercolor portrait that is very animated, full of emotion, it takes very little effort, and you can be done in less than 30 minutes. So in this class, you're gonna learn what brushstrokes to use to create, to hair, the eyebrows and on the skin and how to mend It'll out, They say. You learn by doing so let's get started. First things first, trace out a portrait picture or draw a quick face and let's get to painting. 2. Hair: okay. To start off, you're going to need at least two brushes, one that is a spin and a small C possibly can get and a size that is one size bigger than that smaller size you can get and a size bigger than the smaller sites that you have and clean water. And we're gonna start with the hair. I'm gonna paint it from the bottom going up. So the top of her head, I'm gonna leave that empty, unpainted. So we whites and then as you go down, start. Teoh adds the color, and it gets darker and darker. The thought off really light so that if you have any mistakes easy to fix I'm using the beautiful color blue because I just want the picture to really stand out. And this is not a very realistic office sling portrait. It's just an easy, quick portrait that anybody can do from the bottom, going up going dark to light a just a pure brushing more term and you blend it allowed is you go towards the top of her head. So when you're doing hair with water color, one technique is to do it. Following the movement of the hair so the hair is straight. You would do straight, sharp lines. Do you have, like, lots of lines? And then if it's curved like I'm doing, you would curve. Yes, occur Flying's. So follow the movement off the head of the hair. Don't just color everything. One bass, one tone and then you always need to have, like parts and dark parts. And, of course, the light parts you get by blending out the water color with a brush that's been dipped in water but always have light and dark parts and leave some parts and painted. It gives, like, really great effect. That's one technique. Okay, now we're gonna move on to the eyes. 3. Face: Okay, now we're gonna do our face. So we are going to place paint on the pots off the face with shadows full. So usually that would be the cheekbone, your nose bridge inside the corner off your nose, on the sides off your nose and the chin. Some just kind of place on most of those places. I'm gonna make sure that I have the right tone. We're gonna test out my color first gonna place. Like I said on the cheekbones instead of the nose. I'm gonna blend it out in the rest of the area of the face. Mr. Leave it blank. Just give it character on the other side corner of the eyes cheekbone when you blend it out and you start off really lights that if you make any mistakes, you can just go back and fix it. I've done the nose and I'm going to the eyebrows and eyes on. And how you do the eyebrows is you do it as a stroke, stroke, stroke, stroke, stroke the hairs in your eyebrows, something they don't. We gonna blend it out. I'm gonna move on to the eyes and with the eyes. Don't worry if your eyes don't look that great line the size of face and the line in the middle of the mouth. So now we're gonna blend it out, gonna blend everything out now for the eyes. You have to remember when you doing eyes, you pretty much have three circles. You have your big circle, your little circle this in the big circle and the white circle that's on top of the second circle and the white circle. You don't paint in its you just leave it blank because that's to give the illusion off light hitting on your eye. Okay, now we're gonna do a chin and I'm just going Teoh paints where the shadows form I'm gonna blend the eyes And for my eyes I chose blue to the big circle is blue The little one is black And the third circle on top I left it unpainted whites and then gonna rub it a lot. Now you could rub out older pencil. Okay, 4. Shoulder to Shoulder : Okay, So before we get to our shoulders, I'm just gonna touch up the chin area, placing the shadows just below the lips and the bottom of the chin. As you can see, I've done my lips. Sorry about that. My memory card didn't catch that. So I'm gonna explain to you how I did my lips As I finish up chin on the top of fuel up and the bottom of fuel left dip your brush and water start to blend as you move towards the centre off your mouth lips. That's how I dented and leave certain parts unpainted so that it gives the impression off lights on your lips. Okay, so now let's move on to the shoulders. Use your larger brush. Definitely for this part. - And my girl, she's wearing earrings, so I'm going to paint those in. And, as you can see, she's starting to form. I wanted to paint a girl that looked sad, but like lovable and cute animated. Definitely not realistic 5. End: when you completed your portrait, you can scan it's and transfer it to photo shop, add some levels, fix the brightness of contrast, exposure of the lighting as a right told the things that you need to do just to make it look better cleaner on. And I placed a background in photo shop so that if I toward the bad guy and I can easily remove it and then that's it. And then that's it. We're done. I hope you guys enjoyed this class and see you guys.