Learn to Paint Realistic Watercolor: Boston Terrier

Lisa Long, Lettering & Illustration

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13 Videos (42m)
    • Introduction

    • Supplies

    • Choosing a Photo

    • Preparing the Image

    • Underpainting

    • Layering on the Eyes and Nose

    • Adding to the Ears and Face

    • Adding Darker Values

    • Adding Darker Values Continued

    • Final Touches: Nose

    • Final Touches: Eyes

    • Finishing Touches

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class


This class will take you step-by-step through the process I use to paint a 5x7 Boston Terrier with watercolor. I will show you what tools you need, how to choose a great photo, how to transfer that image to paper, and how paint it with watercolor to make it look realistic and pop off the page.


I'll take you through the steps I use including:

  1. What tools to use to get the best result, but feel free to use what you have.
  2. How to pick a great photograph to use as a reference.
  3. Layering your watercolors to get depth in your painting by starting light and working your way to dark.

Painting with watercolors can be intimidating, but fear not! It's just working with the lights you already have and adding in the darks.  It's almost like painting backwards if you're used to mediums like acrylic or pencil, but you can do it! I'll show you how!  

Can't wait to see what you make for the projects section. Make sure you upload as you go so I can give you pointers along the way!

22 of 22 students recommendSee All

The course is short and sweet. Lisa explains everything very detail. She is a good teacher. It is a great Watercolor Pet Portraits Class for all levels.
Loved this class. Super helpful tips and every step of the process is clearly described and shown in detail. Great basis for creating pet portraits. Thank you.
Nicola Kimpton

Artist, Illustrator & Creative





Lisa Long

Lettering & Illustration


Everyday I combine my 11 years of experience teaching art with my lifetime experience of learning art to create beautifully illustrated and hand lettered designs that engage, inspire, and entertain.

Over the past couple years, I have focused on hand lettering and illustrations. What started as a hobby has quickly turned into a career. Expect to learn some fun things by taking my classes including a bunch of cool tricks you can do with your iPad and Apple Pencil!

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