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Watercolor Avatar: Create Your Own Adorable Profile Pictures

teacher avatar Hsinyi Chen Starfolio, Illustrator & Designer

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Sketching

    • 4. Tracing

    • 5. Color Mixing

    • 6. Applying Colors: First Layer

    • 7. 2 & 3 Layers: Wet on Wet, Wet on Dry

    • 8. Details

    • 9. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


Want to have a unique hand drawn profile picture? Come join us!

In this class, you will learn to create an adorable avatar with watercolors.

I will guide you through the process from a photo to a watercolor illustration step by step. Including all the materials required, sketching from a photo, face proportion, basic color mixing, basic techniques for applying watercolors, and some bonus tips.

If you are a beginner and are not familiar with watercolor characters, a small avatar like this is a great way to start your human figure paintings.

By the end of this class, you will have a super cute watercolor avatar hand-painted by yourself! Can’t wait? Let’s dive in! :)

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Hsinyi Chen Starfolio

Illustrator & Designer


Hi! My name is Hsinyi Chen, and you may know me as Starfolio on social medias. I'm a freelance illustrator and designer who has a great passion for watercolors. Creating soft and warm characters with a playful and delightful touch is my main focus. A lot of my inspirations come from children, girls and animals, so you will see many of these cuties in my work. :)

Find out more: starfolioart.com
You can also check out my recent work on Instagram, watch my painting process on Youtube, or support my work on Etsy.

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1. intro: Hi. My name is shiny. I'm a villain's illustrator and designer who has a great passion for watercolors. I love to have made things cured and making people's faces. Q. Is one of my major creations. I've drawn so many different faces for babies, Children, men and woman all out Elise. And it's so much fun. So I invite you to join me in this cost to create your own avatar using watercolors. At the end of this cause, you will have a super cute watercolor ever told like this. Him, him by yourself. You can use it as your profile pictures, business logos, business cards, greeting cars, even give it to your loved one as a gift. I'll guide you through the process from a photo to a watercolor illustration, step by step, so you will be able to follow the steps to create your own. Ever Tarts will first prepare all the materials require for this class. Then I'll show you how to scan your human face from a photo, including his plan. Face proportions will also cover basic column mixing for skin tones and hair colors and basic 10 makes for applying watercolors and plus some of my personal tips. A small ever tart is a great way to start human figure paintings. This cause is for anyone who's interested in creating their cue avatar in watercolors. So come with me this dive in. 2. Supplies: I'm going to share the materials I'll be using. If you don't have the same, it's OK. Just find something similar. Okay, so, firstly, some scratch papers, those one I'm using is about 60 or 70 GSM. Any random blank papers? Okay, Mechanical pencils. I have two colors here. One is just regular black lit and the other one's red lead from Pilot. How explain why Used to colors in next video. Anyone need any racer here? I have a regular you Esther, and the other one is soft. Your Esther. It's OK if you don't have softly racer washi tape for sticking papers to get there. Watercolor paper. I use 300 GSM Copperas paper, which holds more water, but ha praises, Okay. To hear I used loose papers and cut it into a smaller size for the project, then a set of watercolors. This one is from Windsor Newton's common Siri's, which are highly recommend for beginners. What I have is a 16 color said, but they have a more basic 12 color sip. There will be enough to makes most of the colors you need and some brushes. Here I have number 642 and zero every don't have on the numbers. It's okay. A number four and maybe plus number +20 will begin a glass of water for cleaning brushes. Paper towel for drying brushes. Finally, color pencils for details. I used favorite cost. Opelika most its oil base. So it's OK if sometimes I need to go back with water colors after applying them. Okay? This that all the materials we need for this project. So get yourself ready. I'll see you in the next one. 3. Sketching: I'm going to use my profile picture as an example for this project, so I use the red lip pencil to start the draft and letter. I'll use a regular pencil to redefine the lights to sketch this. Why helps you to define the one done lines more clearly? So, Phil, the face. I start with an oval, then at a circle inside and touching the top of the oval. They make a cross for defining. Faysal features the horizontal light at the point of where the oval and circle touching and the vertical line of the center off the face. Till little circles for eyes in between the big circle and the horizontal line noses about at the point of where the big circle and the vertical my joined it. Then dividing the left below the circle into to the point is where the mouth at years are under horizontal life. For the forehead that's divided into four. The first point is where their hair should start, and the third point is where the eyebrows should go and for the shoulders just about the same with as the years. Because we're drawing a cube version, smaller shoulders will help the character look cuter and Fulda hair just to remember. Our hair is growing out from our sculpt, so there will be a thickness for hair, then defied the islands, and I risk. Now we're going to redefine a wand and lines using the regular black pencil, basically just Trezza wanting red lights and avoid the unwanted and supporting lines. So now we have the sketch ready before we move onto the next one. I want to share. Another schedule did earlier. This wanted just finish has I below the horizontal line, and this other one has an eye right on top of horizontal Line. This on those cuter, and this one looks more mature so that all the position of the eyes will help to make the face cuter. You can make a table lower if you're drawing kids or babies. 4. Tracing: before we start tracing, we need a life walks. I'm going to show you a Hendy Where to make your own lightbox You need a limp to shoot cases of frame with Gauss. There you have a light box. You can also trace on the window with nature of sound light if you don't have all the tools . Okay, so that's half the sketch and the watercolor paper. Stick together and turn all alive. Start tracing. If you make a mistake, it's better to use soft yours or on watercolor paper so we won't damage your paper. But if you don't have it, just don't drop the paper too hard with a regular you racer. And also make sure not to price the pencil to heart. So if later you raise something, it won't leave a mark on the paper. Okay, now we're all done. That's move onto coloring 5. Color Mixing: I'm going to mix the two major collars one Fela skin and one for the hair. I usually drop some water on the pens first. He helps you salt on the pence. So for the skin I use kept me and red deep and kept me a yellow, you should always have a testing paper with you why you're pending and it needs to be the same kind of paper as the one you're pending on. So after I makes the color, I tried on the testing paper to see if it's a color I want, if not, go by to adjust the color with a more Pickman or more water for the hair as my hair is pretty dark. So I'm going to use burn number for the first layer again. Even as Onley one collar is don't need to adjust the pigment with water and tested on the paper to see if the shed is right. Then get a piece of paper towel. We're ready for coloring 6. Applying Colors: First Layer: Now we're going to apply the first there. When you're applying watercolor, remember to start from a light colors to the dark collars. And if you're right handed like me, start your first drove from a laptop to the right bottom. Any for a left handed, of course. Just do the reverse. Okay, Now the skin is done. Remember to leave the color completely. Drive before you apply the next one touching it. You don't want the two collars pulling together full hair instead of starting from a laptop . I stopped from one into the other because I don't want to live a mark in the middle. Sometimes when your color get drive faster than you can finish the whole area and leaves a mark between a dry and the wet. It could create some really interesting textures, but I just don't feel to have it here. - Okay , so let's move on to the second and third layers. 7. 2 & 3 Layers: Wet on Wet, Wet on Dry: for the next step. I'm going to show in two basic attendings wet on wet and what I'll dry. I'm mixing cadmium red deep M KTM Red pill fuller cheeks. Okay, before applying the color, applying clean water on the area, you want the rosy cheese and difficulty her on the wet area and that the blame freely. Now I'm mixing some green full of clothes. I just forgot to do a while applying the first layer. Okay, now we're going to gradually make a face more three dimensional, so we need some shadows. If we see the face king as the surface, anything above or below needs shadows so that seat hair, eyebrows and nose are above eyes, teas and neck below this other places we apply shadows, and this is so cold, wet on dry. You apply white color on the dry color, and the two colors were at up. That's why I like to use purplish, colorful shadows because it goes well with both warm and cold tones. Now, for the hair we need to pay attention to the reflection of lights normally lies coming from the top, so we will leave the top of the head and maybe a little bit around the shoulders full. Elijah's. So I make some pins great into the previous hair color to make a docker. When you're applying the second they're skipping those areas we mentioned earlier, - then that makes a little bit more pence careful of third layer, and we're going to apply to behind the neck. That's the darkest area. Okay, let's move on to the details. 8. Details: full of details. Wishes. Switch to smaller brushes. Now I'm using number two and zero. I just used a previous hair, colorful eyebrows and virus, and that makes a little bit more pins grateful or shadows on the iris and full of eyelashes . - Then I use color pencils to emphasize some of the pencil lines if we're all done. 9. Final Thoughts: things were joined me in this cause I hope you have fun and enjoy the process of creating. I hope you've got your paper and pencil out and start sketching or for the color in with your brushes up. It's so much fun to see all your different faces put together. So show us what you've done and share in the cause project section I can't wait to see all your cue faces CIA.