Beyond The Basics With Portrait Painting

Mixing Skin Colors and Applying Shadows Wet on Wet

Girl Blowing Bubbles - Portrait Painting for the Intermediate Level Painter

Painting portraits in watercolor includes many pitfalls and challenges. Avoid the pitfalls for a smoother ride in painting your portraits.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to paint portraits from picking photographs to mixing paints, and painting methods that make portrait painting doable.

You probably already have paint colors that would make excellent portraits - there are no 'perfect magic colors' - there's only knowing how to use them. An extra video is included on mixing skin tones.

Also, you'll find helpful tips on picking a good background for any subject.

And, of course, there's an easy way to paint bubbles.

A portrait of your family member, painted by you, will be cherished for generations. Take the time to paint your masterpiece today.


Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.



Course Curriculum


  Intro, Tips on Portraits and Links
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  Written Instructions, Reference Photo, Outline Page, etc.
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  Video - Mixing Basic Skin Tones
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  Video Part 1
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  Video Demonstration Finishing Portrait And Adding Bubbles
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  Extra Video - face and hair in strong light from the front
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