• Artist – Dylan Sara
  • 15+ Hours of content
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private FB Group
  • Course Price – $99
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Are You Ready to Master Watercolor Portraits?

Join Dylan Sara in Observational Drawing and Watercolor Portraiture, where the timeless technique of pencil drawing meets the expressive charm of watercolor painting. Discover the art of observational drawing, capturing the world's intricate details and playing with light and shadow. Dive into watercolor exploration, balancing control and spontaneity, and learn to blend dry and wet media for stunning, single-sitting portraits. As a special bonus, we'll also guide you through creating your own Zine, showcasing your artwork in a unique and shareable format. This course is designed to inspire, teach, and help you express your artistic vision with confidence and flair.  After completing this course, you will be a master at painting portraits in watercolor!



While we will focus on many different objectives in this course, the following are the priority of this course!  By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Cultivate a practice of observational drawing
  • Learn to interpret a reference with looseness and confidence
  • Use watercolor alternating between control and looseness, careful layering and direct vibrant application of color.


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In this course we’ll practice observational line drawing with pencil and painting with watercolor.

Our pencil drawings are the foundation we lay our watercolor onto, relying on the decisions we make during the drawing process to inform our painting. This method celebrates the drawing as an integral part of the finished work, relying on the linework of the drawing as a guide in addition to being a textural feature of the finished portrait.

Draw what you see. Regardless of what we’re looking at as we draw, it’s complexity, it’s irregularity or perhaps an unusual orientation, by cultivating our awareness of the way light and shadow forms interact we can develop a compelling way of representing whatever it is we’re drawing and painting. Observational requires practice and perseverance but for me is the most rewarding way of beginning a painting. The life it brings to our work is well worth the practice.

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In the watercolor section of each portrait we’ll be exploring value and color. Experimenting with limited palettes and experimental approaches removed from the color in our reference but informed by an understanding of the value and intensity of varied colors. Throughout the portraits we paint there is a rhythm of control and looseness, working with the idea of developing control of this medium and also letting go and letting the water do it’s thing all upon the framework of the underlying drawing.

We will often finish our pieces by adding some final detail and definition with pencil. The dry and wet media work so well together and we’ll develop a sense of working to the strengths of each.

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The end goal is to be able to make single sitting portraits that don’t require such a large time investment. Cultivating a looseness in our approach and understanding that can make it possible to create a fun and exciting portrait in around an hours time. The lessons within this course vary from 1 to 2 hours.

In addition to the portraiture focus of this course I’ll also show you how I put together a pdf file to create Zine reproductions of my work in Affinity Designer/Publisher. Zines are a fun way to share your work either as a product, gift or even a personal collection of some of your favorite pieces. The zine we make will be a celebration of the pieces made in this course and perhaps inspire you to create more Zines of your own.

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I am an Australian born illustrator, artist and father based in Göttingen Germany.

I love working with ink and connecting with people from around the world. I host two weekly online sketch sessions where we hang out chat and draw each other. It's great fun and practice. Get in touch if you'd like to join.

An important aspect of my work and life is being in nature. Making ink from foraged natural materials and creating work inspired by people and places is my passion and I look forward to sharing this passion with you.



This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand.


  • Watercolour paper (glued block with paper sealed at the edges) at least 120lbs /250gm.
  • The main paper I’m using is Hahnemühle Burgund.
  • Any demo drawing and color testing I’ll do will be on Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper


My full palette is Schmincke Watercolours ‘Gris signature edition’ 18 colours available here as a full pan set https://www.gris-shop.de/product-page/gris-kasten-18-farben

  • Save some money by purchasing half pans or using what you already have.
  • it consists of:
    • Neutral Tint 782
    • Cobalt Turquoise 509
    • Ultramarine Finest 494
    • Helio Cerulean 479
    • Indigo 485
    • French Ultramarine 493
    • Perylene Green 784
    • May Green 524
    • Burnt Umber 668
    • Raw Sienna 660
    • Quinacridone Gold Hue 277
    • Cadmium Yellow Medium 225
    • Lemon Yellow 215
    • Transparent Orange 218
    • Potters Pink 370
    • Alizarin Crimson 357
    • Quinacridone Red Light 343
    • Brilliant Opera Rose 920
  • This set is also available as a 12 color set consisting of 494, 479, 357, 343, 277, 225, 215, 660, 668, 524, 784 and 782


  • I like having two each of my most used brushes so I can keep one bluish and one red/yellowish. I don’t stick to this and often mix up the brushes but it can be helpful!
  • You can use these or something similar
    • 2x #16 flat (¾inch, 16mm)
    • 2x #8 flat (¼inch, 6mm)
    • 2x #10 round (7/32inch 5.6mm)
    • 1x #20 round (9/16inch 14mm)
    • 1x #4 round (3/32inch 2.4mm)


  • Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
  • Magenta 133
  • Deep Cobalt Green 158
  • Dark Indigo 157
  • Pthalo Blue 110
  • White 101
  • Kneaded Eraser


  • Paper towel
  • Dahle 133 pencil sharpener (optional)
  • Phone or camera to photograph your work for making a Zine.
  • Canva app for creating the zine.
  • For the final stage of cutting and folding the zine
    • Cutting matt
    • steel ruler
    • knife


**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account and go through the purchase process (even if the cost is $0 for a free course).  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY be available under “LOGIN” at the top right-hand of karabullockart.com.

**If your course does not show up, please email us at karabullockart@gmail.com

**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


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