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Online Class

Pet Portraits in Watercolor

$19.99$39.99

Paint lifelike watercolor portraits of any dog or cat! Capture all the personality of pets with gorgeous washes, realistic details and tremendous textures.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Deb Watson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Learn how to paint watercolor pet portraits with confidence alongside award-winning artist Deb Watson. Start class with tips for choosing a reference photo, selecting a composition and creating value sketches to establish your furry friend's form. Next, you'll easily transfer the main shapes of your pet portrait with graphite paper. Prep your palette as Deb helps you select harmonious colors, mix all the variations you need and apply your first beautiful wash. Then, create contour lines to define any dog's fur, and use directional strokes to mimic any cat's coat. Bring your work to life as Deb guides you through painting realistic pet eyes, noses, ears and more. Plus, find out how different backgrounds can add instant dimension to your work.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Creating a Strong Composition
27:03
Want to capture your pet's personality with watercolors? Artist Deb Watson is going to show you how! Start off by picking the best picture and then decide your composition. Deb demonstrates creating value sketches that will bring form to those furry friends.
2. Transferring Images & Creating Your Palette
30:23
3. Applying the First Wash
22:13
4. Realistic Features
28:02
5. Different Kinds of Dog Fur
21:29
6. Cat Fur: Details & Distance
18:44
7. Background & Finishing Details
19:51

Recommended with this class

  • Watercolor paints, watercolor brushes, watercolor paper

Taught by

Deb Watson
Deb Watson
After retiring from the nursing profession, Deb Watson is now a full-time artist whose work has won numerous awards and been accepted in juried exhibitions across the United States. Along with painting, Deb loves to help people discover that it's never too late for art to improve their life or for them to improve their art. Deb is the author of Watercolor Basics as well as articles for a variety of books and magazines.

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