Mario A. Robinson

Mario A. Robinson: Beginner Watercolor Portraits


Video Length: 2 Hours 43 Minutes
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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll discover in this video:

  • For best results, create a value-based underpainting (you’ll be so glad you did!)
  • What type of block-in works best for watercolor portraits? Mario shows you!
  • Avoid this quality-killer of portraits … you may not even know you’re doing this bad thing!
  • Correct water-to-pigment mixtures — it is an exact science
  • How remaining transparent will help you get noticed! (It works for Mario, and it will work for you, too!)
  • Glazes, glazes, and more glazes — you can never have enough … or can you?
  • Want more realism in your portraits? Do this!
  • New and different approaches to watercolor painting — you’ll wish you knew this stuff a long time ago, but you’ll know now!
  • Enjoy the process of painting a high-quality portrait
  • Thorough explanations and demonstrations … all simplified for better learning and application
  • Portraits need soft edges … here’s how to create them!
  • You’re the boss of your watercolor … but you have to be a nice boss! This alone will skyrocket the quality of your watercolor work!
  • Control the approach … and control the outcome!
  • Why it’s OK to paint over everything you just did!
  • Your portraits need facial moisturizer, too! 
  • Mario’s (not so) secret weapon to block the staining of the pigment and to soften edges (he glady shares it all with you!)
  • And so much more…


    In Beginner Watercolor Portraits, you’re going to see it all — from Mario establishing a monochromatic underpainting all the way through to understanding when it’s time to stop and not overwork the painting.

    If you know Mario and his work, you know that you’ll find value in everything he teaches and demonstrates for you. 

    If you’ve never met him or experienced any of his breathtaking artwork, you’re in for an amazing adventure as you learn from this gifted artist.

    Soft-spoken and methodical in his approach, Mario teaches in a way that makes it much simpler for you to understand every single step you’ll take when painting watercolor portraits.

    All throughout, Mario will stop to point out helpful details and information to ease you into the sometimes complicated subject of portraits.


    He leaves nothing out as he gladly shares the knowledge and skill he’s acquired over the past 24 years as a professional artist:

    • Establishing proper value relationships at block-in
    • Color application and how to create naturalistic tones for your portrait
    • The integral role water-to-pigment mixtures play in creating luminous watercolors
    • Techniques for keeping the watercolor transparent — especially important for portrait painting to avoid oversaturation
    • Techniques that will help your painting become more dynamic with each layer, creating drama and story


    Signature Look

    One look at Mario’s art and you’ll quickly discover the depth and richness that sets his work apart from other artists. You’ll see how he paints so that reflected light is allowed to pass right through the watercolor — and now you’ll be able to try this out for yourself!

    You’ll be enamored by how Mario works through each stage of the process with the end goal in mind … creating a luminous painting that retains freshness. 

    Soon, you’ll be incorporating Mario’s methods into your own watercolor portraits so that your paintings turn out just as you want them.

    If you’ve EVER had the desire to paint portraits in watercolor, now is the time to take action and learn from Mario. His detailed, yet simplified, methods are just what you need to create gorgeous watercolor portraits that will catch the eye and turn the head of everyone who sees them.