Imagine If You Could Create Beautiful, Loose Paintings Easily? 

Finally, a comprehensive program with detailed, real-time instruction on nearly every painting subject imaginable!




What's Included?


Core Content: $1350 Value.  Get instant lifetime access to 49 full-length courses for $497 (once-off purchase). Over 200 hours of instructional video content. $1440 of value when purchased separately (based on the individual sub-course price of $29.99).

All courses come with included reference photos and high-quality scans of demonstrated course paintings. Selected courses also include tracing templates for added ease and options.

Bonus 1: $200 Value. Get 2 months of student support from the date of your enrollment. Contact Darren via private message or private group (details provided in the program).

Bonus 2: $80 Value. Get instant lifetime access to our community 'Watercolour Mentor Community' and private members-only community 'Watercolour Mentor Academy'. Post your work, interact with other members and boost your motivation! Receive constructive feedback on your paintings.

Bonus 3: Get instant lifetime access to 1 year worth of recordings (over 50 full-length workshops) from our live painting workshops and Q&A sessions. Over 60 hours of instructional video content.

In these recorded workshops, I also apply my background in psychology (B.A. Hons. Psychology) to talk about and provide strategies to help you become more consistent in your painting so that you can improve faster. I show you easy steps to get started such as painting a simple landscape, and also provide strategies that help you to find the motivation to paint. Additional recordings will be added in time.

Bonus 4: Get instant lifetime access to future courses that will be added to the 49 included courses.


Washington DC Houses from 'House and Building Portraits'. 




With This Program You Will:


1) Learn the essentials of watercolour painting, techniques, and how to compose your painting.

2) Learn the essentials of landscape and portraiture painting. Feel confident to tackle any subject by understanding and applying my process.

3) Learn the essentials of line and wash illustration. Drawing with a pen can be scary! Learn how to estimate proportions, perspective, and draw different scenes.

4) Dramatically increase your confidence when you draw and paint.

5) See astonishing progression in your paintings in only a few weeks.

"I want to paint, but I can't. It doesn't matter how often I practice."

Consistency is important when learning watercolours.

However, what no one mentions is that you need to follow a process to create a loose, yet representative landscape painting. It's almost like cooking!

I know the feeling of putting days and hours into your painting, only to end up being unsatisfied and confused with your result.

I use a simplified process in all of my paintings that anyone can learn to create beautiful landscapes. I paint the light, then the shadows.

Save yourself time and frustration, and start applying my process to your own paintings.

Instructor Rating On Other Platforms


Watercolour Mentor Courses and Workshops are popular and consistently highly rated on many other platforms including the ones below.

Facebook Events Ratings (Watercolour Live Workshops Q1, 2022).
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4.51/5 Course Rating Average (12 Months up until April 2022).

"You need to be BORN with talent to create beautiful art!"

The painting on the left was me 8 years ago.

But you don't need to spend 8 years to create a beautiful landscape painting.

I'll show you my simplified process of painting layers of light and dark paint in order to create amazing paintings that you'll be proud to show your friends and family.

Learn The Essentials Of Portrait Painting


Did you know that Watercolour Essentials includes five portraiture sub-courses?

By enrolling, you will learn how to easily turn any photograph into a realistic portrait.

can use the gridding technique to create accurate portrait drawings that will form a strong foundation for your painting.

How to use essential watercolor techniques in the context of painting portraits, such as wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry.

My two-step process in painting a watercolor portrait - keeping colors fresh and vibrant.

Let's make watercolour painting fun AND relaxing. Enjoy the process. Get the results you want.


Watercolours are magical. It's amazing to see the paint mix on paper to 

create beautiful textures and details. But what happens when things 

don't go as planned? 


I run regular workshops and speak with and have helped many beginner 

watercolour painters over the years. All of them struggle with the 

same roadblocks when learning how to paint.


You don't need any special talent or prior experience to create beautiful 

paintings. Painting is a process, just like any other. You can learn this 

process and apply it to any situation. By learning principles of colour, 

tone, and form, as well as some watercolour techniques, you will feel

confident to tackle any subject and create paintings you'd be proud to 

hang on your wall.


Taj Mahal - from Live Recorded Workshop



Have You Ever Felt This Way About Your Painting?


  • Frustrated because you can picture the type of beautiful painting you want to create in your mind, but you are just unsure how to get to the end result. 


  • Difficulty understanding the process of painting. How to plan and start a painting, how many layers of paint to apply, how much detail to add, how to know when you've 'finished' your painting.


  • Unsure about how to mix watercolour paints. How much water to mix with your paints, how to match the exact colour you need.


  • Tired of seeing the same results each time with your paintings, when those around you seem to be improving each week. 


  • Struggling with your painting materials. You're not sure which ones you need, and how to get the best results out of your brushes, paper, and paints.


  • You question if painting is for you, or whether you have any artistic talent at all. Although, deep down you dream of producing beautiful paintings you can be proud of and show to your loved ones.


Now Imagine If You Could Create Beautiful Paintings Any Time And With The Confidence And Understanding Of The Entire Painting Process


  • You were able to paint any subject that you wanted with confidence and knowing you had the skills to carry you through the process.


  • You understood the fundamentals of good painting including colour, tone, composition, and more.


  • Your paintings were admired, appreciated, and celebrated by strangers, friends, family, and even collectors.


  • You were able to paint any subject that you wanted with confidence and knowing you had the skills to carry you through the process.


  • You had the passion, creative skills, and motivation to put your artwork into the world. To inspire and gain admiration and respect by sharing your knowledge with others along the way.


It's All Possible For You When You Decide To Join Today

Yes I Want To Join The Watercolour Essentials Painting Program

Learn The Essentials Of Landscape Painting


Did you know that Watercolour Essentials includes a plethora of landscape sub-courses?

By enrolling, you will learn how to easily turn any photograph or scene into a beautiful landscape painting.

Have you ever looked at a beautiful photo of a landscape and wondered where to get started? By enrolling in this course, you will feel confident to turn any reference photo or plein air setting into an amazing watercolour painting. All in record time!

Ever feel frustrated at your brushstrokes, understanding how to apply watercolour techniques? This course includes step-by-step, real-time narration that will ease you through how to apply different techniques in a variety of situations. You will be able to replicate these techniques in any other situation.

I'll go through my two-step process of painting light and shadows so that you will intuitively be able to create depth and realism in your paintings.


Course Curriculum

Here's what you get in this comprehensive program (49 sub-courses and over 50 bonus live workshops):

  1. 1
    • Welcome to Watercolour Essentials! Please Read Course Instructions Below.

  2. 2
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Building Confidence To Paint

    • Handling Mistakes in Watercolour

    • Understanding Brush Control

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    • Essential Watercolour Techniques

    • Understanding Perspective

    • Combining Perspective, Composition & Depth

    • Creating Depth in Your Painting

    • Corsica - Light

    • Corsica - Shadows

    • Barmouth, Wales - Light

    • Barmouth, Wales - Shadows

    • Bruges - Light

    • Bruges - Shadows

    • Cusco, Peru - Light

    • Cusco, Peru - Shadows

    • Loose Trees and Field

    • La Boca, Argentina - Light

    • La Boca, Argentina - Shadows

    • Taj Mahal - Light

    • Taj Mahal - Shadows

    • Paris - Light

    • Paris - Shadows

    • River Scene - Light

    • River Scene - Shadows

    • Ukraine - Loose Landscape

    • Venice - Light

    • Venice - Shadows

    • Class Project

  3. 3
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Paint a Sunny Beach Scene

    • Paint Umbrellas & Beach

    • Beach Headland Scene

    • Rocky Beach and Sky Scene

    • Simple Figures on Beach

    • Jetty & Figures on Beach

    • Class Project

  4. 4
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Class Instructions

    • Paint a Sunset Scene

    • Paint a City Backdrop Scene

    • Paint a Wet-in-wet Scene

    • Paint Sky, Water and Boats

    • Paint Boats, Mountains and Reflections

  5. 5
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Boats in Watercolour 2 - 1 - Lucerne Boats

    • Boats in Watercolour 2 - 2 - Cinque Terre

    • Boats in Watercolour 2 - 3 - Nearby Boats and Jetty

    • Boats in Watercolour 2 - 4 - Boats on Rocky Shore Scene

    • Boats in Watercolour 2 - 5 - Mountains and Boats

    • Boats in Watercolour 2 - 6 - Boats on Rocky Shore

    • Boats in Watercolour 2 - 7 - Boats in Harbour

    • Boats in Watercolour 2 - 8 - Boats and Buildings

    • Boats in Watercolour 2 - Class Project

  6. 6
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Cinque Terre - Introduction

    • Cinque Terre - Materials

    • Cinque Terre - 1 - Painting the lighter areas

    • Cinque Terre - 2 - Painting the water & shadows

    • Cinque Terre - 3 - Painting the darker areas

    • Cinque Terre - Class Project

  7. 7
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction (Overview and Materials)

    • Painting the Lighter Values

    • Painting the Darker Values

  8. 8
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Loose Landscapes - Materials

    • Loose Landscapes - Loose Landscapes - 1 - San Giorgio Maggiore + Drawing Lesson

    • Loose Landscapes - 2 - Loose Sky and Trees + Drawing Lesson

    • Loose Landscapes - 3 - Loose Sky and Mountains

    • Loose Landscapes - 4 - Tower Bridge (London)

    • Loose Landscapes - Class Project

  9. 9
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Mountains In Watercolour - Introduction

    • Mountains In Watercolour - Materials

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 1 Mountains and Lake

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 2 Snow Mountains

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 3 Warm Mountains

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 4 Mountains and Rivers

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 5 Layered Mountains and Trees

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 6 Mountains and Snow

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 7 Church on Hill

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 8 House on Hill

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 9 Houses on Hill

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 10 Trees and Lake

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 11 Mountain and Lake

    • Mountains In Watercolour - 12 Snow Capped Mountains and Lake

    • Mountains In Watercolour - Class Project

  10. 10
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Natural Landscapes - Introduction

    • Natural Landscapes - 1 - Trees and Lake

    • Natural Landscapes - 2 - Trees and River

    • Natural Landscapes - 3 - Trees and Creek

    • Natural Landscapes - 4 - Trees and Creek Version 2

    • Natural Landscapes - 5 - Trees, Grass and River Landscape

    • Natural Landscapes - 6 - Bridge

    • Natural Landscapes - 7 - Loose Trees and Reflections

    • Natural Landscapes - 8 - House, Trees and Lake

    • Natural Landscapes - Project

  11. 11
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Recommended Materials

    • Night Beach Landscape - Sky and Sea

    • Night Beach Landscape - Sand and Headland

    • Night Beach Landscape - Rocks and Foreground

    • Night Beach Landscape - Figures, Stars and Details

  12. 12
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • How to Fold Your Cards

    • Two Trees Snow Landscape

    • Snow Landscape with House

    • Snow Landscape with Reindeer

    • Snowy Church Landscape

    • Snowy Scene with Fence

    • Snowy Path with Houses

    • Snowy Houses with Trees

    • St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

    • Snowy Street Scene

    • Cut & Trim Your Paintings

    • Card Assembly & Class Project

  13. 13
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction & Materials

    • Bird on branch: Light Areas

    • Bird on branch: Dark Areas

    • Paint an Eagle

    • Paint a Northern Cardinal

    • Hummingbird: Light Areas

    • Hummingbird: Dark Areas

    • Class Project

  14. 14
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Havana 1

    • Havana 2

    • Prague 1

    • Prague 2

    • Venice 1

    • Venice 2

    • Moscow 1

    • Moscow 2

    • Class Project

  15. 15
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Dresden: Paint the Light

    • Dresden: Paint the Shadows

    • New York: Paint the Light

    • New York: Paint the Shadows

    • Santiago: Paint Strong Shadows

    • Street Scene: Add The Light

    • Street Scene: Add The Shadows

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    • Turkey: Paint The Light

    • Turkey: Paint The Shadows

    • Turkey Landscape: Soft Shadows

    • Class Project

  16. 16
    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Manhattan: Drawing & Sky

    • Manhattan: Buildings & Cars

    • Manhattan: Finishing Touches

    • Paint a Beach Landscape

    • Paint a Boat Landscape

    • Streetscape: Drawing & Houses

    • Rothenburg: Details & Sky

    • Streetscape: Drawing & Houses

    • Streetscape: Details & Sky

    • Venice: Drawing & Buildings

    • Venice: Details & Sky

    • Class Project

    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

  17. 17
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required and Tips

    • Venice Landscape: Light Areas

    • Venice Landscape: Dark Areas

    • St Petersburg: Light Areas

    • St Petersburg: Dark Areas

    • Manhattan Street: Light Areas

    • Manhattan Street: Dark Areas

    • Myanmar Street: Light Areas

    • Myanmar Street: Dark Areas

    • Class Project

  18. 18
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • 1A - House on Hill Sketch

    • 1B - House on Hill Painting

    • 2A - Farmland Sketch

    • 2B - Farmland Painting

    • 3A - Boathouse Sketch

    • 3B - Boathouse Painting

    • 4A - Cottage Sketch

    • 4B - Cottage Painting

    • 5A - Valley Sketch

    • 5B - Valley Painting

    • 6A - Country Landscape Sketch

    • 6A - Country Landscape Painting

    • Class Project

  19. 19
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • Melbourne 1A - Drawing

    • Melbourne 1B - Painting

    • Melbourne 1C - Painting

    • Melbourne, Chapel Street - Line and Wash

    • Melbourne City - Drawing and Painting

    • Perth 1A - Drawing

    • Perth 1B - Painting Part 1

    • Perth 1B - Painting Part 2

    • Streets Beach, Brisbane - 1A - Drawing

    • Streets Beach, Brisbane - 1B - Painting

    • Surfers Paradise, Queensland - Line and Wash

    • Sydney Street Scene - Line and Wash

    • Class Project

  20. 20
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • 1A - Country Landscape

    • 1B - Country Landscape

    • 2A - Mountain Landscape

    • 2B - Mountain Landscape

    • 3A - St Petersburg Street Scene

    • 3B - St Petersburg Street Scene

    • 4A - Venice Landscape

    • 4B - Venice Landscape

    • 4C - Venice Landscape

    • 5 Busy City Scene

    • Class Project

  21. 21
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Manhattan Street Scene - Part 1

    • Manhattan Street Scene - Part 2

    • New York Street Scene - Part 1

    • New York Street Scene - Part 2

    • New York Traffic Scene - Part 1

    • New York Traffic Scene - Part 2

    • Paris Street Scene - Part 1

    • Paris Street Scene - Part 2

    • Vienna Night Scene - Part 1

    • Vienna Night Scene - Part 2

    • Melbourne Street Scene - Part 1

    • Melbourne Street Scene - Part 2

    • Melbourne Street Scene - Part 3

    • Class Project

  22. 22
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - Introduction

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - Materials Required

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 1 - Simple Landscape

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 2 - Simple Boat Scene

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 3 - Night Beach Sketch

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 4 - Beach Sketch

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 5 - Venice Sketch

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 6 - Jetty Sketch

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 7 - Japanese Temple Sketch

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 8 - Street Scene Sketch

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 9 - New York Street Scene Sketch

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 10 - Statue of Liberty Sketch

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 11 - London Landscape Sketch

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - 12 - Street Scene Sketch 2

    • Watercolour Sketching Essentials - Class Project

  23. 23
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Venice Landscape Part 1

    • Venice Landscape Part 2

    • Venice Landscape Part 3

    • Dubrovnik - Croatia Landscape Part 1

    • Dubrovnik - Croatia Landscape Part 2

    • Istanbul Landscape

    • London Landscape Part 1

    • London Landscape Part 2

    • Rovinj - Croatia Landscape Part 1

    • Rovinj - Croatia Landscape Part 2

    • Saint Tropez - France Landscape Part 1

    • Saint Tropez - France Landscape Part 2

    • Saint Tropez - France Landscape Part 3

    • Class Project

  24. 24
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Techniques: Wet and Damp Paper

    • Techniques: Wet-in-Wet Tips

    • Cottage Scene: Paint the Light

    • Cottage Scene: Add the Shadows

    • Painting: Country Landscape

    • Painting: Dreamy Landscape

    • Lavender Fields: Add the Light

    • Painting: Mountain Landscape

    • Lavender Fields: Add Shadows

    • Painting: River Landscape

    • Class Project

  25. 25
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Beach Landscape: Painting

    • Beach Umbrellas: Painting

    • Fall Landscape: Painting

    • Florence Landscape: Painting

    • Istanbul Landscape: Painting

    • London Landscape: Painting

    • Misty Landscape: Painting

    • Moscow Landscape: Painting

    • Moscow Street: Painting

    • Paris Cafe: Painting

    • Santorini Buildings: Painting

    • Street Landscape: Painting

    • Quiet Street: Paint the Light

    • Quiet Street: Add the Shadows

    • Temple Scene: Painting

    • Turkey Landscape: Painting

    • Class Project

  26. 26
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Sketching: Tips and Exercises

    • Beach: Draw and Paint

    • Bologna: Draw and Paint

    • Dubrovnik: Draw and Paint

    • Morocco: Draw and Paint

    • Old Buildings: Draw and Paint

    • Store Front: Draw and Paint

    • Street and Car: Draw and Paint

    • Quiet Street: Draw and Paint

    • Street Scene: Draw and Paint

    • Japanese Temple: Drawing

    • Japanese Temple: Painting

    • Class Project

  27. 27
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • Flower Painting Techniques

    • Paint Sunflowers

    • Paint Mixed Flowers

    • Paint Tulips

    • Paint a Flower Arrangement

    • Flowers & Vase - First Wash

    • Flowers & Vase - Final Touches

    • Large Flowers - First Wash

    • Large Flowers - Final Touches

    • Class Project

  28. 28
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Introduction to Tone

    • Introduction to Color and Tone

    • Tonal Exercises

    • Simple Monotone Landscape

    • Simple Colours Tonal Landscape

    • Boats and Sunset: Painting

    • Boats on Harbour: Painting

    • Flowers: Painting

    • Melbourne Street: Painting

    • Mountain Landscape: Painting

    • Soft Landscape: Painting

    • Sunset Scene: Painting

    • Tokyo Street: Painting

    • Venice Landscape: Painting

    • Class Project

  29. 29
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Watercolour Techniques

    • Colour Mixing

    • Simple Landscape Sketching

    • Mountain Landscape Sketch

    • River Landscape Sketch

    • Sketch - Country Scene

    • Country Scene - Drawing

    • Country Scene - Painting

    • Sunset Scene

    • Distant Country Scene

    • Country Field Scene

    • Lavender Field

    • Rural Road Scene

    • Mountain Scene

    • Farm Scene

    • Class Project

  30. 30
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Sketching - Simplying and Perspective

    • Sketching Practice

    • Chinatown - Drawing

    • Chinatown Road - Drawing

    • Chinatown Road - Painting

    • Haji Lane

    • Chinatown - Painting

    • Peranakan Place - Painting

    • Peranakan Place - Drawing

    • Class Project

  31. 31
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Essential Watercolour Techniques

    • Painting Rocks & Trees

    • Colour Mixing

    • Bush Landscape - Drawing

    • Bush Landscape - Painting

    • Gumtrees - Drawing & Light Wash

    • Gumtrees - Details

    • Uluru

    • Killarney - Drawing & Light Wash

    • Killarney - Details

    • Class Project

  32. 32
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Exercise - Drawing

    • Exercise - Colour and Tone

    • Exercise - Shadows

    • Exercise - Figures

    • Exercise - Painting Figures

    • Exercise - One Colour Painting

    • Quiet Street - Light

    • Quiet Street - Shadows

    • Switzerland - Light

    • Switzerland - Shadows

    • City Street - Light

    • City Street - Shadows

    • San Francisco - Light

    • San Francisco - Shadows

    • Class Project

  33. 33
    • Course Resources: Scans and Reference

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Drawing

    • Light

    • Details

    • Finishing Touches

    • Class Project

  34. 34
    • Course Resources: Scans and Reference

    • Introduction

    • Drawing

    • Painting - Light

    • Painting - Shadows

    • Finishing Touches

    • Class Project

  35. 35
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • Pen Drawing Techniques and Tips

    • Line and Wash Warm-up Sketch

    • Baraboo Shops, Wisconsin - Drawing Part 1

    • Baraboo Shops, Wisconsin - Drawing Part 2

    • Baraboo Shops, Wisconsin - First Wash

    • Baraboo Shops, Wisconsin - Details and Shadows

    • Curcao Shops - Drawing Part 1

    • Curcao Shops - Drawing Part 2

    • Curcao Shops - Painting

    • New England House - Drawing

    • New England House - First Wash

    • New England House - Details and Shadows

    • Rural House - Drawing

    • Rural House - First Wash

    • Rural House - Details and Shadows

    • Victorian House - Drawing

    • Victorian House - First Wash

    • Victorian House - Details and Shadows

    • Washington DC Townhouses - Drawing

    • Washington DC Townhouses - First Wash

    • Washington DC Townhouses - Details and Shadows

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    • Class Project

  36. 36
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Drawing: Sketching Techniques

    • Drawing: Learn to Draw Figures

    • Warm-Up Exercise: City Sketch

    • Beach Scene - Part 1

    • Beach Scene - Part 2

    • Beach Scene - Part 3

    • Cafe Scene - Part 1

    • Cafe Scene - Part 2

    • Cafe Scene - Part 3

    • Cafe Scene - Part 4

    • Carlton Park - Part 2

    • Carlton Buildings Part 1

    • Carlton Buildings Part 2

    • Carlton Pond - Part 1

    • Carlton Pond - Part 2

    • City Scene - Part 1

    • Carlton Park - Part 1

    • City Scene - Part 2

    • City Scene - Part 3

    • Street Scene - Part 1

    • Street Scene - Part 2

    • Street Scene - Part 3

    • Street Scene - Part 4

    • Urban Scene - Part 1

    • Urban Scene - Part 2

    • Urban Scene - Part 3

    • Class Project

  37. 37
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Pen Drawing: Techniques

    • Watercolour: Techniques

    • Watercolour: Using Values

    • Italian Buildings: Warm-up

    • Street Scene: Warm-up

    • Pen Drawing - Detailed Burano Landscape, Part 1

    • Pen Drawing - Detailed Burano Landscape, Part 2

    • Painting - Burano Landscape, Part 1

    • Painting - Burano Landscape, Part 2

    • Painting - Burano Boats and Buildings, Part 1

    • Painting - Burano Boats and Buildings, Part 2

    • Painting - Cafe Scene

    • Painting - Charles Bridge, Prague

    • Painting - France Window, Car and Figure Part 1

    • Painting - France Window, Car and Figure Part 2

    • Painting - London, Big Ben Landscape

    • Painting - Paris Street, Part 1

    • Painting - Paris Street, Part 2

    • Painting - Prague, Old Buildings

    • Painting - Venice Bridge Landscape, Part 1

    • Painting - Venice Bridge Landscape, Part 2

    • Painting - Venice Tower Landscape

    • Class Project

  38. 38
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials: Paint

    • Materials: Paper

    • Materials: Pens/Pencils, Brushes

    • Materials: Other

    • Sketching: Techniques Demo

    • Watercolor: Techniques Demo

    • Watercolor Skies: Wet-in-Wet

    • Watercolor Skies: Washes

    • Watercolor Waves: Techniques

    • Watercolor: Waves and Shores

    • Watercolor: Land (Wet-on-Dry)

    • Watercolor: Figures & Shadows

    • Values: Values vs. Colour

    • Values: Monochrome Demo

    • Values: Colour Demonstration

    • Values: Palm Beach Demo

    • Values: Simple Beach Scene

    • Values: Beach Night Scene

    • 1 - Figures on Beach

    • 2 - Two Figures on Beach

    • 3 - Lighthouse Sunny

    • 4 - Ipenema

    • 5 - Figures on Beach Umbrella

    • 6 - Figuring Surfing Beach

    • 7 - Three Figures Palm Tree

    • 8 - Boats

    • 9 - Simple Beach

    • 10 - Night Beach

    • 11 - One Figure BG Buildings

    • 12 - Loose Sky Beach

    • 13 - Moody Lighthouse Scene

    • 14 - One Figure on Beach

  39. 39
    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials: Sketchbooks & Paper

    • Materials: Brushes & Pens

    • Materials: Paint

    • Basic Sketching

    • Essential Watercolour Techniques

    • Values in Watercolour Painting

    • Simple Scene: Sky and Earth

    • Simple River Landscape

    • Simple Night Landscape

    • Simple Mountain and Buildings

    • Simple Cathedral Landscape

    • Simple River & Wall Landscape

    • Simple Street Scene: Sidewalk

    • Simple Street Scene: Church

    • Simple Windmill Scene

    • Detailed River Landscape

    • Detailed River & Building Scene

      FREE PREVIEW
    • River Scene: Buildings and Figures

    • Sunset Scene: River/Buildings

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    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Warm Up: Drawing and Painting

    • Drawing: St Basil's Cathedral

    • Drawing: Spasskaya Tower

    • Drawing: Finishing Touches

    • Painting: Buildings and Ground

    • Painting: Sky, Figures & Shadows

    • Painting: Finishing Touches

    • Red Square Moscow - Class Project

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    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Venice: Background and History

    • How to Draw with Ink

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Paint the Sky & Background

    • Paint the Ground & Figures

    • Class Project

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    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - Introduction

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - Class Instructions

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - Sketch: Outside St Marks

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - Sketch: Santa Maria Della Salute

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - 1

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - 2

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - 3

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - 4A

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - 4B

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - 5

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - 6A

    • Venice Line and Wash Part 2 - 6B

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    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Class Instructions

    • Venetian Night Scene

    • Gondola Scene

    • Venice by the Water Scene

    • Gondolas by San Giorgio Scene

    • San Maurizio Church Scene

    • St Mark's Square Scene

    • Venice Canal Scene

    • Santa Maria Della Salute Scene

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    • Resources - Scans, Templates, Scans

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Sketching Techniques Exercise

    • Drawing Figures

    • Simplifying Shapes and Perspective

    • Understanding Values Exercise

    • Understanding Colours Exercises

    • Stormy Beach - Drawing & Painting

    • Boats - Drawing

    • Boats - Painting the Light

    • Boats - Shadows

    • Beach Figures - Drawing

    • Beach Figures - Light and Shadows

    • Coastal Houses - Drawing

    • Coastal Houses - Painting

    • Greece Coast - Drawing and Lights

    • Greece Coast - Darks

    • Lighthouse Scene - Drawing

    • Lighthouse Scene - Painting

    • Beach Waves - Drawing & Painting

    • Overhead Beach - Drawing

    • Overhead Beach - Painting

    • Beach Scene - Drawing and Painting

    • Copenhagan - Drawing

    • Copenhagan - Painting

    • Rocks & Lighthouse - Drawing

    • Rocks & Lighthouse - Painting

    • Barmouth - Drawing

    • Barmouth - Painting

    • Beach Boats - Drawing

    • Beach Boats - Painting

    • Class Project

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    • Course Resources: Scans and Reference

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Burano - Pencil Sketch

    • Pen Drawing - Part 1

    • Pen Drawing - Part 2

    • Painting - Light

    • Painting - Shadows

    • Painting - Finishing Touches

    • Class Project

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    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Drawing: Intro and Using Grids

    • Drawing: Tracing

    • Drawing: Face-on Portraits

    • Female Portrait: Blonde Hair

    • Drawing: Side-on Portraits

    • Female Portrait: Black Hair

    • Female Portrait: Brown Hair

    • Female Portrait: Side Portrait

    • Portraits: Finishing Touches

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    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Drawing: Gridding Lesson

    • Drawing: Freehand Drawing

    • Paint a Ballerina: Part One

    • Paint a Ballerina: Part Two

    • Paint a Ballerina: Part Three

    • Female Portrait 1: Light Areas

    • Female Portrait 1: Dark Areas

    • Female Portrait 1: Background

    • Female Portrait 2: Light Hair

    • Female Portrait 3: Brown Hair

    • Female Portrait 4: Shadows

    • Female Portrait 4: Shadows

    • Female Portrait 5: Light Areas

    • Female Portrait 5: Dark Areas

    • Class Project

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    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Instructions & Materials

    • Gridding Introduction

    • Portrait Pencil Sketch - Woman Side Face

    • Portrait Pencil Sketch - Woman Front Face

    • Portrait Sketch - Ballerina

    • Portrait Sketch - Brown Hair Woman

    • Portrait Sketch - Red Haired Woman

    • Portrait Sketch - Figure with Dark Hair

    • Portrait Sketch - Woman With Glasses

    • Portrait - Dark Haired Woman, Part 1

    • Portrait - Dark Haired Woman, Part 2

    • Portrait - Dark Haired Woman, Part 3

    • Portrait - Red Hat Woman, Part 1

    • Portrait - Red Hat Woman, Part 2

    • Portrait - Red Hat Woman, Part 3

    • Portrait - Blonde Hair Woman, Part 1

    • Portrait - Blonde Hair Woman, Part 2

    • Portrait - Blonde Hair Woman, Part 3

    • Portrait - Short Hair Woman, Part 1

    • Portrait - Short Hair Woman, Part 2

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Portrait - Short Hair Woman, Part 3

    • Class Project

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    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Transferring Your Drawing

    • Gridding Lesson YT

    • Sketching - Part 1

    • Sketching - Part 2

    • Complexion 1 - Part 1

    • Complexion 1 - Part 2

    • Complexion 1 - Part 3

    • Complexion 2 - Gridding

    • Complexion 2 - Painting

    • Complexion 3 - Gridding

    • Complexion 3 - Painting

    • Complexion 4 - Paint The Light

    • Complexion 4 - Paint The Shadows

    • Complexion 5 - Paint The Light

    • Complexion 5 - Paint The Shadows

    • Complexion 6 - Painting

    • Complexion 7 - Part 1

    • Complexion 7 - Part 2

    • Complexion 8 - Part 1

    • Complexion 8 - Part 2

    • Complexion 8 - Part 3

    • Class Project

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    • Course Resources: Scans, Stencils, Photographs

    • Introduction

    • Materials Required

    • Drawing - Front Faces

    • Drawing - Side Faces

    • Painting - Understanding Colour, Values and Layering

    • Black-Haired Girl

    • Brown-Haired Girl

    • Brown-Haired Woman

    • Light-Haired Girl

    • Dark-Haired Woman

    • Side Face Woman, Dark Hair

    • Male Face

    • Side Face Woman, Dark Hair, Background

    • Wet-in-wet Face

    • Mature Aged Man

    • Light-Haired Woman

    • Side Face Woman

    • Class Project

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    • Live #1 - Line and Wash Live Demonstrations (Beach Landscapes and Venice)

    • Live #2 - Line and Wash Tutorial Cottage Landscape

    • Live #3 - Live Demonstration - Street Scenes in Watercolour

    • Live #4 - Live Demonstration Tips on Painting Figures and Street Scene Demo

    • Live #5 - Line and Wash TechniquesDemonstration Burano

    • Live #6 - Free Watercolour Class_ World Watercolour Month 'Ripple'

    • Live #7 - Free Watercolour Class World Watercolour Month 'Weathered'

    • Live #8 - Watercolour Line and Wash Class - Colourful Townhouses

    • Live #9 - Free WatercolourLine and Wash Class - Urban Landscapes

    • Live #10 - Line and Wash Watercolour Workshop - Marketplace Scene

    • Live #11 - Line and Wash Watercolour Workshop - London Scene

    • Live #12 - Line and Wash Watercolour Workshop - Beach Landscape

    • Live #12.5 - Line and Wash Watercolour Sketching

    • Live #13 - Line and Wash & Watercolour Workshop - Learn How to Draw and Paint Landscapes

    • Live #13.5 - Watercolour Sketching EASY Urban Landscapes

    • Live #14 - Free Watercolour Workshop Draw and Paint LondonSantorini

    • Live #14.5 - Inktober Sketchbook Tour, My $10 DIY sketchbook, and Sketching Demonstrations

    • Live #15 - Draw and Paint Venice, Italy and Annecy, France - Part 1

    • Live #15 - Draw and Paint Venice, Italy and Annecy, France - Part 2

    • Live #15.5 - Free Watercolour Workshop - Inktober Special_ Sketching China and Egypt

    • Live #16 - Inktober Special! Draw_Paint France and Mykonos

    • Live #16.5 - Free Watercolour Workshop_ Paint Cinque Terre, Italy + Two Line and Wash Scenes

    • Live #17 - Free Watercolour Workshop_ Day & Night (Noto, Sicily & Hallstatt, Austria)

    • Live #17.5 - Free Watercolour Workshop Urban Night Scene (Melbourne) and Fall Scene (Japan)

    • Live #18 - Paint a Beach Landscape (Cefalù, Sicily), and a Cafe Scene, Part 1

    • Live #18 - Paint a Beach Landscape (Cefalù, Sicily), and a Cafe Scene- Part 2

    • Live #18.5 - Free Watercolour Workshop Venice (Rialto Market) and Forest Scene

    • Live #19 - Free Watercolour Workshop Japanese Garden and Cairo - Part 2

    • Live #19 - Free Watercolour Workshop Japanese Garden and Cairo - Part 1

    • Live #19.5 - Watercolour Workshop Loose Landscape and Belfry of Bruges

    • Live #20 - Learn To Paint New York And A Fall Landscape

    • Live #20.5 - Paint Prague and Chinatown, London Learn Watercolour Painting and Line and Wash

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Live #21 - Paint Sunflowers and Venice Free Live Watercolor Workshop

    • Live #21.5 - Learn Watercolor Painting Suburban Scene and Copenhagen

    • Live #22 - Learn Watercolor Painting Two Views of Venice

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Live #22.5 - Watercolour Painting for Beginners Draw and Paint Melbourne

    • Live #23 - Complex Landscapes Made Easy Paint Las Vegas and Tokyo (Live #23)

    • Live #23.5 - Live Watercolor Workshop Paint a Christmas Market Scene (Live #23.5)

    • Live #24 - Watercolour Painting Live Workshop - Paint the Taj Mahal

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Live #24.5 - Watercolour Figure Painting Live Workshop Monks In Myanmar

    • Live #25 - Watercolour Landscapes Live Workshop - Bhutan Landscape

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Live #26 - Watercolour Live Workshop Switzerland (Sagogn)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Live #27 - Creating Textures and Tones in Watercolour

    • Live #28 - How To Paint a Watercolour Portrait

    • Live #29 - Italy (Lecce, Solento)

    • Live #30 - How To Paint a Watercolour Portrait

    • Live #31 - How To Paint a Beach Landscape

    • Live #32 - Paint A Male Portrait

    • Live #33 - How To Paint A Male Portrait Watercolour

    • Live #34 - How To Paint a Watercolour Portrait

    • Live #35 - How To Paint a Watercolour Portrait (Female Portrait)

    • Live #36 - Portrait Sketching Workshop

    • Live #37 - How to Master Watercolour Workshop: Draw and Paint a Coastal Landscape

    • Live #38 - Urban Landscapes For Beginners: Draw & Paint Bruges

    • Live #39 - Nature Landscapes Made Simple!

    • Live #40 - Urban Sketching In Murano

    • BONUS LIVE - Loose Watercolor Painting Water Lilies and Hallstatt, Austria

    • BONUS LIVE - Demonstration House Portrait + Etchr Products @Etchr Studio ​

Ready to fast track your painting skills?

By signing up for this program, you will learn simple processes that will enable you to paint landscapes, portraits as well as create beautiful line and wash illustrations.

Learn The Essentials Of Line And Wash Illustration


Did you know that Watercolour Essentials includes a plethora of line and wash sub-courses?

By enrolling, you will learn how to easily turn any photograph or scene into a beautiful line and wash illustration.

Drawing is a crucial part of the painting process which is often ignored or neglected. In these line and wash sub-courses, you will build your confidence and skills to draw a variety of different landscapes and subjects free-hand.

You will also learn how to use essential watercolor techniques in the context of painting line drawings, such as wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry.

My two-step process in painting a watercolor landscape - keeping colors fresh and vibrant.

Who Am I? Meet Your Teacher Darren Yeo

Artist and Founder of Watercolour Mentor

Darren Yeo

Darren Yeo is a contemporary impressionist landscape and portraiture artist based in Victoria, Australia. Darren has a strong interest in the mental health benefits of creativity, as well as topics of self-development and motivation.

Darren is a passionate teacher and the founder of Watercolour Mentor, a community of nearly 150,000 members. To date, he has taught thousands of students in online workshops. Over 5000 students have been through his online art classes and workshops.

Darren has a psychology, self-development, and educational background (B.A. Hons. Psych). He is passionate about making a difference on a personal level by providing tailored feedback and mentoring to his students.

Student Testimonials

Don't just take my word. Hear from happy students who attended my recent workshops and purchased individual Watercolour Mentor courses.

"If you want to learn watercolor, this is the guy to teach it"

Phillip (YouTube Viewer) - commenting on Watercolour Mentor Course "Easy Watercolour Landscape Sketching"

If you want to learn watercolor, this is the guy to teach it. I watch his lives which are always insightful and in-depth. I could only imagine just how amazingly jam-packed full of wisdom and knowledge his classes are.

This is the first YouTuber I've found who isn't trying to sell you materials or make infomercials so his pockets get fat while you're left with questions and no advancement in your skills. I don't know this guy but I wish I did. I'd shake his hand.

Parents, if your children are wanting to learn the craft; this is the class worth your money and their time.

"Very much the course I was looking for."

Steven S - Reviewing Watercolour Mentor Course "Watercolour Sketching Essentials: Fun & Easy Landscapes"

Very much the course I was looking for. I have only limited, beginners experience. Easy to understand and follow. Really enjoying the cityscapes. Addendum to above: I just finished and got my first Udemy certificate. This course was so much fun and a great learning experience. Thanks so much!

"This class exceeded my expectations!"

Lisa D - Student - commenting on Watercolor Painting - Venice Pen and Ink Travel Sketching (Part 1)

I have been working on line and wash techniques and this is a perfect class for that. It has the great bonus to work on very interesting travel subjects.

Watercolor Mentor gives you background and history of the subjects for the projects. Great diversion for the long winter/pandemic ahead.

"It was a great class"

Jeannie E - reviewing Watercolour Mentor Course "Watercolor Painting - Venice Pen and Ink Travel Sketching (Part 1)"

I found it very helpful to watch the Watercolor Mentor sketch and paint the subject and then to practice the techniques on my own painting. It was a great class. As an added bonus, I got to pretend I was in Venice for a little while!

"Exceeded my expectations"

Grant M - commenting on Pen, Ink and Watercolor Sketching Essentials - Beach Landscapes

Good ideas for beach watercolor work in this class: simple steps to learn techniques for getting sky, water, and sand presented in your work. This class has multiple projects (19!) which I really appreciated as it allows lots of practice following the instructor's directions.

"Exceeded my expectations"

Rebecca T - commenting on Watercolour Mentor course Pen, Ink and Watercolor Sketching Essentials - Beach Landscapes

If you like loose landscapes with ink and watercolour this is a great class to take. There are a lot of different demonstrations to see how you can treat different elements in the scene like figures, water, shoreline etc.

"Exceeded my expectations"

Lisa D - commenting on Watercolour Mentor course Pen, Ink and Watercolor Sketching Essentials - Beach Landscapes

I really like multi-project classes like this that build on each other. I especially like this was a line and wash class-there are not very many of these focusing on outdoor/scenery sketching. I recommend it to anyone wanting to work on their watercolor techniques.

"This class exceeded my expectations!"

Bianca S - reviewing Watercolour Mentor Course "Watercolor Portrait Painting: Faces and Portraits"

The teacher is excellent and has different examples that can be worked on like where the person is facing. Also, he added some tips and helpful apps mentioned to use for better drawing. I learned a lot in this class. Thank you!

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FAQ

A list of commonly asked questions. For all other questions and enquiries, please email "darren@watercolourmentor.com".

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is for beginners, aspiring artists, and intermediate artists. If you are struggling to progress in your watercolours and unable to find a direction to work towards, this is the course for you.

    If you're just starting out, this course has just about every subject you could want to paint in watercolours. From portraiture, landscapes, animals, and pen and wash illustrations - this course has it all.

    This course also includes a large number of drawing lessons that precede the painting of a subject or landscape. Drawing is a crucial but often neglected stage of painting. Without an accurate and well-composed drawing, you will not end up with a pleasing painting.

  • How long do I have access to the course and materials?

    Once you sign up and pay for the course, you will receive lifetime access.

    Sub-courses and individual lessons can be rewatched as many times as you'd like, as long as you have internet access.

    The beauty of this program is that you can learn at your own pace and in your own time. Life can be busy, with unexpected events. You can come back to the course anytime, and it will be waiting when you last left off.

  • Do I need to start at the beginning of the course or can I start anywhere?

    The first lesson contains basic instructions on the course, but other than that, you can start anywhere you'd like in the 49 courses and over 50 live demonstrations.

  • Can I access the course anywhere and at any time?

    Yes. That's the beauty of the internet. If you have internet access, you can access the entire course anywhere, anytime.

  • Why are there drawing lessons in this course?

    Drawing is very important. It forms the basis of your painting. It is just as important as the painting. That's why I teach you how to draw as part of the entire painting process too.

    By drawing, you can plan out your entire painting before you even put the brush to paper.

  • Will the courses be updated, and new ones added?

    Yes. I will continually add more courses to this program, which adds even more value over time. Currently, there are 49 full-length sub-courses included.

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    Watercolour Mentor reserves the right to amend any information, including but not limited to prices, technical specifications, terms of purchase and product or service offerings without prior notice.