Whimsical Faces: Almond Blossom Girl Inspired by Van Gogh

Jessica Sanders, Artist, Instructor, Designer

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17 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Welcome

      1:22
    • 2. Supplies

      4:44
    • 3. Techniques

      7:04
    • 4. Tracing with Light Table

      2:43
    • 5. Mixing Skintone

      3:02
    • 6. First Layer of Face

      5:24
    • 7. First Layer of Hair

      6:53
    • 8. Shadows of Lips and Eyes

      3:22
    • 9. Reinforce Shadows

      5:57
    • 10. Background

      3:34
    • 11. Hair

      4:37
    • 12. More Depth

      7:41
    • 13. Branches

      3:05
    • 14. Lips and Nose

      1:11
    • 15. Blossoms

      10:55
    • 16. Final Details

      7:32
    • 17. Project and Thank You

      1:33

About This Class

Hi, I’m Jessica Sanders, a self-taught watercolor and mixed-media artist who loves exploring art and sharing it with you!

Whimsical Faces: Almond Blossom Girl Inspired by Van Gogh

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Let’s paint an adorable, whimsical, watercolor portrait inspired by Van Gogh’s Almond Blossom painting!  

In this class for all students, we will explore watercolor techniques, such as wet in wet, achieving different values, dry brushing, and layering washes of wonderful color. :)

I will walk you through painting a beautiful, whimsical watercolor portrait in a loose and free style, step by step -- inspired by the master painter, Van Gogh.   

I’ve provided a printable drawing for you to trace or draw in the Project Section.

First, we will chat about the techniques, and then we will dive right in!  I will demonstrate the painting from start to finish, sharing helpful tips and techniques along the way.

I encourage you to paint along with me. :)

We will focus on building up light layers (washes) of color, to create depth and contrast in our portrait. When we are finished, not only will you have a beautiful, loose, whimsical portrait, but you will also have gained valuable experience painting with watercolor.

As always, we will wrap up the class with a project using the skills and techniques we have learned in the class.