Watercolour Fun - Paint a Simple Portrait from a Photograph | Denise Hughes | Skillshare

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Watercolour Fun - Paint a Simple Portrait from a Photograph

teacher avatar Denise Hughes, Illustrator, Designer, Tutor

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Simplifying the face in Photoshop


    • 3.

      Trace it!


    • 4.

      Mask it!


    • 5.

      Paint it!


    • 6.

      The big reveal!!!


    • 7.

      You did it!


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About This Class


Would you like to be able to paint a portrait from one of your own photographs? In this class you'll learn to do just that. 

You'll be using Photoshop to simplify your chosen photograph. I'll then take you through some simple steps in watercolor to transfer your Photoshop image in a beautiful portrait. 

It's so simple and quick you'll be creating portraits of your family and friends in no time. 



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Denise Hughes

Illustrator, Designer, Tutor


Denise Hughes is a freelance illustrator, surface designer and obsessive doodler who lives and works in Hampshire, UK. Denise works from her studio at The Sorting Office in Hampshire which she shares with 8 other makers and designers.

Denise has worked as a freelance illustrator for 10 years and currently licenses her designs internationally.  She is represented by The Bright Group International.  Denise combines digital work, watercolor and drawing to create her beautiful, contemporary images. 

Running workshops and sharing my skills with others online is really rewarding.

I hope you enjoy my classes.  



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1. Introduction: let me give you an open field. But we'll be talking about in this class now. I really wanted to design a class about portrays. They could be really daunting, right? Well, maybe No, because I'm gonna show you how to create a really exciting as easy portrait from a photograph. It will have a contemporary feel. A bit of a modern edge. Yes, it really is simple to do. We'll go through it together, step by step. We'll be looking at how to choose your photograph to get the best effect. Simplifying the times in your show have been will be using mouth, including ample to cover to create a portrait. 2. Simplifying the face in Photoshop: Okay. Are you ready to turn your color image into something you can trace gonna tell me from this to this using practice show? So to simplify the face, the first thing that we're going to need to do is remove the color. We're going to go to image adjustments on down to hue and saturation, and here you'll see the middle slider says, saturation. On what? You should take that all down to the left and you'll see the color drain away from your picture and it'll end up just a black and white photograph. And now we're going toe. Alter the threshold of the image, and what that will do is take away any of the mid tones and leave us with a photo, which is just made up of black. And what to do. This go to image adjustments and then down to threshold and your images. Now black and white, now at the bottom of the threshold. Dialogue books is a slider, and you can move that to the left or the right to adjust your image to the left will make it more white to the right to make it darker, just play with it until you think it's right for your photograph. Now, this won't work on every photograph. It may take a bit of trial and error. Just try different images and keep repeating this process until you find one that gives you this kind of result, save and print your image and then we're onto the next stage. 3. Trace it!: You could use a lot books to try to images If you don't. Don't worry, Just go to sunny window. Trace it. Best speed this up. 4. Mask it!: So now we're going to apply the mouse. You can find a link to this masking the project description. I'll be applying it with a place shape, but it's another to, and I'm going to Moscow everything that is white in the picture. This is quite a lengthy process, but it's really worth taking your time over it and trying to get us much detail as you possibly can. Now, if you find the clay shaper won't give you the detail you require, you can use other things that you can find around the house. You might have an old brush around the house with a fine tick. If you cut that with soap before you use it, then the masking fluid shouldn't stick too badly, and you'll be up to get a nice, fine line. I also use a small metal skewer in this picture for doing things like the headlines 5. Paint it!: So now for the fun bit. Let's paint it. I'm choosing to my favorite kind of blues Duck Salo Blues on a cold, mixing lots of war veteran with them. So really fluid, then this is what I love. You can just paint straight. I watched the image of here before your eyes. When you're painting, it's a really good I did think about where the light might be falling so you might want the shadowy area and a bit of adult, and on the other side of the light is you might want them a little bit. 6. The big reveal!!!: So now we've masked and painted I image. It's really important that we let it dry because the paint we used was really wet. It could take several hours for it to dry. You can make sure it's completely dry by just stabbing it with a piece of kitchen towel before you start to remove the masking fluid. When you come to remove the masking fluid, do it really gently with either your fingers or a clean eraser. 7. You did it!: Okay, so we chose a photo. We photoshopped our image, we try to stay. Then we must the white days out upended in the dog. Now I really want to see your portrays. I'm really happy to give any feedback or answer any questions. So please don't be shy. I'm human and I don't bite. I just hope you really enjoy this class. And I can't wait to see how your portrait stand down, So upload it to the project government.