Watercolor Portraits: Combining Realism and the Abstract | Melissa Lee | Skillshare

Watercolor Portraits: Combining Realism and the Abstract

Melissa Lee, allow yourself to fail before you succeed

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12 Videos (34m)
    • Introduction

    • Gathering Materials

    • Setting Up Your Workspace

    • Using References

    • Stretching Your Paper

    • Watercolor Techniques: Flat and Graded Washes

    • Watercolor Techniques: Crisp Edges, Lifting, and Paper Types

    • Watercolor Techniques: Texturing with Salt, Plastic Wrap, and Rubbing Alcohol

    • Sketching Your Portrait

    • Painting The Face

    • Painting the Abstract Elements

    • Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Discover how artist and illustrator, Melissa Lee Shaw, combines realism and abstract textures to infuse her watercolor portraits with a sense of wonder and whimsy. In this 47-minute class, you’ll learn her step-by-step process for creating beautiful watercolor portraits, including various tips and tricks she's picked up along the way, as well as her own personal philosophy on creativity and making art. 

All levels of skill are welcome, whether you’ve never used watercolors before or have been using them for years. 

By the end of the class, you will be ready to create your own colorful watercolor portrait, and hopefully be inspired to use the skills you learned for future watercolor projects.



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I liked this class because of the use of non-traditional colors and the blend of traditional and abstract styles. Great class to relax to.
Simple and easy to understand
I love this style of art. I learned a lot from this class. The instructions and tips were clear, concise and very helpful. Thank you!





Melissa Lee

allow yourself to fail before you succeed

Hi! My name's Melissa Lee, and I'm a designer living in the forests of Northern California. I'm currently in the process of becoming a full-time freelancer and art licenser, but in the meantime, I'm cultivating my love of sharing what I know, and encouraging others to nourish their creative side. I love patterns and character art and watercolor paintings! And also bees. I'm endlessly inspired by animals and nature (whether living today or extinct), science fiction and fantasy, sp...

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