Painting Watercolor Pet Portraits
Intermediate | 1 hour 12 min
Pet Portraits
Drawing and Painting Your Pet
You don't have to be a drawing or painting expert to create a beautiful watercolor pet portrait. Artist and illustrator, Christine Aria, shares her fail-proof technique for painting furry friends. Learn how to select a photo of your pet that will translate into a successful final painting, and then transfer the image to your paper to create a framework for painting. Christine shares copious tips for creating a custom palette and painting realistic details with layers of color. This class is an ideal deep-dive for anyone who wants a fearless introduction to painting animal forms.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • HB or 2H pencil (for creating carbon paper backing)
  • Artist tape
  • Scissors
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Tracing paper or carbon paper
  • Felt tip pen: black Micron in 005-02 size and/or colored Micron in same size Brushes: round watercolor brush with pointed tip; choose at least one smaller (size 1 -3) and one larger (size 4-6)
  • Watercolor paints (Christine uses Angora paints in the following colors: lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, cadmium red deep, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, payne's grey, and sap green)
  • White palette area for mixing colors
  • Watercolor paper: cold press for a more traditional watercolor look or hot press for a smoother look (choose paper size depending on size of your image)
  • Photocopy or printout of pet photograph
  • Absorbent paper towels
  • Water
Learn how to:
  • Choose the perfect photograph to paint
  • Trace the outline of your pet and transfer it to paper
  • Add pen detail in your drawing, then layer watercolor
  • Create realistic details with watercolor

What you'll get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on how to create a beautiful watercolor pet portrait
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
399 users recommended this class to a friend
Deirdre Embree
I've already started a portrait of my doggies - this class was GREAT!!! Thank you!!!
More than 3 months ago
Joanne Scovil
The step-by-step directions were easy to understand. It was fun to see how building on each step results in a realistic watercolor.
More than 3 months ago
Angela Lagarra
Very clear explanations of what she was doing and why or why not to do things a certain way. As someone who is experienced with watercolor, I still found this useful and inspiring.
More than 3 months ago