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with Mario Robinson
Online Class

Painting Realistic Watercolors

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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 work with a special drybrush technique. Discover the keys to luminous, expressive watercolor paintings today!


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h8m

Included in this Class

1. Preparatory Study

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.

2. Preparing to Paint

2. Preparing to Paint

Learn the best practices for preparing your paper by submerging it in water, drying it and taping it to a board. Robinson demonstrates the most effective ways to prevent warping as you create an ideal surface for your paints. Then practice transferring the underdrawing you made as a reference sketch to the scale and composition you desire on your stretched paper.

3. Monochromatic Block-In

3. Monochromatic Block-In

Using the underdrawing you created in Lesson 2, you'll create a monochromatic block-in of your work using a photo as a reference. Robinson walks you through each step of the process as he creates a value study of his subject, including tips for working with challenging areas such as eyes and hair.

Recommended with this class

  • Watercolor paints, watercolor brushes, watercolor paper