Mixed Media Illustration: Create a Self-Portrait with Watercolor, Gouache & More

Maria-Ines Gul, Artist & Designer

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13 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:34
    • 2. The Power of Portraits

      2:09
    • 3. Gathering Materials and Supplies

      3:21
    • 4. Sketching Your Portrait

      3:15
    • 5. Choosing Your Palette

      4:41
    • 6. Applying Your Watercolor Wash

      8:02
    • 7. Detailing with Watercolors

      2:35
    • 8. Detailing with Gouache and Pencils

      8:00
    • 9. Detailing with Dry Brushing

      5:02
    • 10. Adding Accessories

      1:58
    • 11. Adding Your Background

      1:25
    • 12. Final Thoughts

      0:37
    • 13. Explore More Classes on Skillshare

      0:33
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About This Class

Love watercolor, gouache and colored pencil? Learn to use your favorite materials to create a vivid self-portrait that truly feels authentic to you!

Join illustrator Maria-Ines Gul as she guides you through her personal process for creating expressive self-portraits using paper, watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils. Starting with a simple sketch or photograph of yourself, you’ll discover the power of self-portraits to help you self-reflect, express your creativity and capture a specific moment in your life. Plus, every lesson is packed with Maria-Ines’ favorite tips and tricks for using her go-to materials, giving you the tools you need to create illustrations you’re excited to share. 

Easy-to-follow lessons include:

  • Layering watercolor and gouache for depth and texture
  • Fine detailing with colored pencils and crayons
  • Lightbox techniques that allow you to build on previous iterations without redrawing
  • Testing colors and patterns to evoke emotion in your portrait
  • Experimenting with the opacity of paints for buildable, rich color

All are welcome to join Maria-Ines in this therapeutic and thoughtful class. By the end, you'll have a new expressive illustration prompt you can return to again and again to express your emotions, capture moments in time and create beautiful illustrations that feel truly authentic to you.