Learn to paint whimsical watercolor portraits

S Sukilopi, Artist, Skillshare teacher

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9 Videos (32m)
    • Presentation

    • Sketching a face

    • Choosing a theme and a palette

    • From digital to watercolors

    • The hair: wet on wet technique

    • Painting the face

    • Hair painting: dry on wet technique

    • Acrylics and pencil details

    • Final words


About This Class


You often hear how portraits are the hardest thing to paint, and how tricky watercolors are as a media. Well, how about combining both and having fun with it?

All we need is a little planning and a few tips to fully enjoy the magic of watercolors.

In this class I will take you through the whole process of painting a simple and beautiful watercolor portrait.

You will learn:

-how to sketch a simple face

-how to select a theme and specific elements for a harmonious painting

-how to choose a digital palette and recreate it with watercolors

-how to use wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry painting techniques

-how to complete your work and make it pop out with pencil and acrylics details (or any media you like!)

Anyone can take this course but I have purposefully kept the technique simple so that even beginners can complete a project and be pleased with the result.

Material that I use:

-Igor Trestoi watercolors (which I think are now called White Nights)

-Van Gogh watercolors (individual tubes)

-Canson Watercolors XL 300g. This paper is simply fantastic; not expensive and of great quality, my personal favourite (their Montval range comes nowhere near this one, imo).

I would like to stress the importance of watercolor paper, because it makes the whole difference. Even mistakes look pretty with a good one!

-Polychromos color pencils

17 of 17 students recommendSee All

Another absolutely lovely class by Sandrine!!! In this one she outdoes herself with sketching and watercolor techniques made very easy to execute, to create a stunning project!
Chris V

Artist, Designer, Maker

Fantastic class. Loved it!!
A wonderful example of just how easy it can be to create beautiful watercolor art. See how to choose your colors, mix your paints and how to apply them to a unique whimsical portrait painting. A fun class to watch. ;-)
Robin Slee

Let your inner artist out!





S Sukilopi

Artist, Skillshare teacher

Hello, I'm Sandrine (or Suki Lopi, my beloved artist name)!

I am an artist who loves using all kinds of media and especially watercolors. I occasionally design patterns in Procreate, and also enjoy working on digital collages.

I sell my art on print on demand websites, such as Society6 and Redbubble.

Although I strongly admire artists who can perfectly reproduce what they see, it is not my personal aim to do so. I favour creativity and imagination over realism and per...

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