A course by Javier Zorrilla

Painting the figure with watercolors

Learn step by step the techniques that will allow you to paint figures in watercolor, add movement and integrate them into scenes and compositions professionally.

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119 students
In SpanishEn Español
Subtitles: EnglishIn English
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  • 1. Presentation.
  • 2. Materials and planning. Paper, brushes, pigments. Its use and why.
  • 3. First practical exercises. Previous drawing. Synthesis. Definition of elements. Contours..
  • 4. Pigment density. Color fades. Scene harmony. Volumes and lights. .
  • 5. Dry work. Details. Effects. Shades and reflections. Importance of incorporating the figure in the set..
  • 6. Second practical exercise. Two moving figures. Study and construction of the profile of the figures.
  • 7. Base and study of color. Tonal values. Lines, contours and cast shadows.
  • 8. Movement of the figure. Points of reference. Textures. Value and intensity.
  • 9. Third practical exercise. urban scene. Vanishing line. Horizon planes. Center of attention.
  • 10. Color basis. White reserves. Background. Buildings. Lights
  • 11. Dry work. profiles. Perspective. Backlights.
  • 12. Farewell .
  • Total lenght: 4h. 19' 03"

The figure is the central axis of many of our compositions, it brings movement, freshness and character to each of our creations. Understanding its worth and importance to integrate it into the scene is fundamental. With this course we are going to analyze, develop and explain this fact. More than 4 hours of explanations with three practical exercises of figures integrated into different scenes with their own characteristics: an open beach with overhead light, a composition of a couple of figures in daylight and finally an urban scene with various figures and a cloudy sky.

Javier Zorrilla, with his more than 25 years of experience as a professional and teacher, will discover us and transmit all his knowledge and passion to plan our works, define our compositions, synthesize our work and give it that feeling of vitality, action and naturalness that our figuresthey need.

During more than 4 hours of videos with different exercises in which we can learn.

  • Materials and planning. Its uses and why. Brushes, pigments, resources, etc.
  • Previous drawing worth. Perspective. Line. Contours.
  • Importance of the focal point. Adjustment of values.
  • Volume and projected shadows.
  • Textures and wet and dry work. Horizon planes.
  • Care centers. Relevance of reservations.
  • Light opening. Relation of the light with the figure
  • All this with easy and affordable explanations for all levels.

Student comments

  1. fevate_fi

    Muy ameno, agradable y didáctico. Sorprendido por la cantidad de consejos y recomendaciones, no sólo referidas al tratamiento del color, pero imprescindibles para mejorar la ejecución de cualquier obra. Gracias Javier por la manera de compartir tus conocimientos y experiencia. Curso muy recomendable.

  2. loladelcerro

    Fantástico curso, bien, ampliamente explicado con detalle y didáctico, excelente recursos para ampliar conocimientos y ponerlos en practica. Encantada de haberlo adquirido y muy recomendable, saludos!!

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Purpose of the courses

During this course you will learn painting techniques and procedures in watercolor on paper to bring movement and freshness to the figures and integrate them correctly into the scenes and compositions.

Who these are for?

This course is aimed at artists or painters, amateurs or professionals who want to know techniques, resources and procedures to learn, improve or develop their talent in the watercolor technique, especially in figures.


Personal computer or tablet to view the videos. It is also possible to use a smartphone, although we recommend larger screen sizes to better appreciate details.

As for the material to practice, paper, brushes, watercolors, pencil or mechanical pencil are recommended. The materials, we reiterate, are recommended. The tutorial can be done without all the materials or in formats other than those oriented in the video.

The important thing is to practice, practice and practice again the exercise proposed by the teacher.

Operation of BLURONE courses

All BLURONE courses are taught online and pursue the same objective: to achieve training without interruptions and that suits you.

Videos made by professionals who will explain their techniques and knowledge so that you, whenever you want, can learn and enhance all the skills and abilities you have to achieve the goal.

BLURONE courses can be seen again and again, at the time you want and in the place you choose. You are the one who marks the times and work.

About the artist

Javier Zorrilla

Javier Zorrilla

Javier Zorrilla (Madrid). Painter specialized in watercolor.

Javier Zorrilla trained in painting studios in the workshops of the painters José Luís Ferrer and Teresa Muñiz.

He is a member of the Spanish Association of Watercolorists and vice president of the Guadalajara Association of Watercolorists. He teaches classes in his studio in Madrid and in various cities around the country, as well as in Sweden, Italy and Brazil.

Throughout his more than 25-year career, he has been a professor of watercolor at the Ibercaja Cultural Center in Guadalajara and at the Alda con Limón Art School in Madrid, and has won numerous awards during his career. He held individual exhibitions in Spain and abroad. He with work in Museums, various institutions and Town Halls. He has represented Spain in great number of Events and Biennials abroad.