SAMPLE PROJECT - student project


Hey there!

I’m sharing this sample project for you to see all the possible deliverables for the "Watercolor techniques to paint skin tones" class.

I recommend you to upload the exercises as you go along to start receiving feedback and so get the most out of this class. Also, feel free to adjust them as you want, if needed, so that it's easier to tackle them.



I recommend you to do the worksheet because it tackles all the concepts and it will serve you as a backup sheet to come back every time you need it to recall the information and have a snapshot of the colors your palette is capable of producing.

In the resources area, you will find a printable template with the two most important exercise (underpainting and color mixing) along with my mixing chart.

 SAMPLE PROJECT - image 1 - student project



Choose at least 1 of the 3 exercises I proposed, not only to practice but to actually see how the techniques look like applying it in an actual drawing.


Warm-up exercise:

This is a fun and fast activity that can be a good starting point if you are a beginner. The goal here is to experiment as a way to understand how your paints interact with each other.

It will help you to have an idea of how the skin color mixtures you made works alone and how they work with each underpainting to understand how much of it you can apply to achieve a light, a mid or a dark skin tone look.

In the resources area, you will find a printable template with 16 mini-faces for you to use in this exercise.

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Polaroid exercise:

This is the midpoint between the warm-up and the portrait exercise. And in this exercise I want you to choose how to approach it based on what you want to learn.

  • Want to know if you like to apply an underpainting or no? Paint the same portion of the face twice, one with underpainting and the other without it.
  • Don't like an underpainting and just want to practice the color mixing? Paint at least two different skin tones without an underpainting.
  • Like to apply an underpainting? Paint at least two different skin tones with an underpainting.

Here is a link to one of my Pinterest boards where I pinned different photos that you can use for this exercise.

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Portrait exercise:

This last exercise I propose to put into practice all the concepts is about painting a portrait with at least two different skin tones, if you are a beginner I highly recommend you to start first with the warm-up exercise first, then the polaroid exercise to gain more practice and experience on how to use the watercolors, before tackling the portrait.

And again, here is a link to one of my Pinterest boards where I pinned different photos that you can use for this exercise.

Keep in mind that although I suggest you trace the image to save time and so that the drawing phase doesn't become an obstacle to practice the main topics of this class, as an illustrator, I recommend you to take some time to learn and practice the basics of drawing, even if you aren't into the realistic drawing. One of the classes that I can recommend for that it's my mom's class about “How to draw the female face”, and it's a good starting point to understand the proportions of the face.

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Finally, feel free to ask me any question, I will love to help you along your creative path.

I can't wait to see your awesome creations!

Con cariño <3

- Adriana