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Painting Realistic Watercolors

with Mario Robinson
Learn watercolor techniques used by the masters! Advance your painting skills and create dynamic, realistic watercolors like never before.

Learn realist techniques every watercolorist should know! Join Mario Robinson as he shares the secrets to radiant watercolor works. Establish your subject’s light, middle and dark values with a tonal underdrawing. Learn proper techniques for stretching your paper to achieve a pristine surface. Create symmetrical features and mass big shapes using intuition to achieve a more natural appearance. Work through a monotone wash, explore water manipulation and work wet into wet for optical color mixing. Finally, build form and dimension into your watercolor with a special drybrush technique. Discover the keys to luminous, expressive watercolor paintings today!

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Lesson 1. Preparatory Study

  • Meet your instructor, noted watercolor and realist painter Mario Robinson, before exploring methods for creating reference sketches that have interesting compositions, dynamic value choices and carefully selected details.


Lesson 2. Preparing to Paint


Lesson 3. Monochromatic Block-In


Lesson 4. Adding Color


Lesson 5. Water Manipulation


Lesson 6. Drybrush Techniques

"I've taken 32 weeks of watercolor classes at a local college, but am still learning some new tips in this class. The instructor has a relaxed, fluid teaching style that is engaging. I've enjoyed my "live" classes, but love the convenience of being able to rewind to review techniques here at the Craftsy site. It's like having your teacher on call 24 hours a day."
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