Watercolor Portrait Workshop with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levels

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DVD: “Watercolor Portrait Workshop”
– 2 Disc DVD Set – Over 3 hours of invaluable lessons and tips


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A step-by-step guide for creating beautiful watercolor portraits. Join internationally acclaimed watercolor artist Susan Harrison-Tustain as she applies her ‘naturalistic realism’ techniques to portrait painting in her portrait DVD, where you will learn all of the hints and tips, methods and techniques that will bring your portraits alive with color and personality:  ‘Susan Harrison-Tustain’s Watercolor Portrait Workshop’.


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DVD: “Watercolor Portrait Workshop”

– 2 Disc DVD Set – Over 3 hours of invaluable lessons and tips

A step-by-step guide for creating beautiful watercolor portraits.

Join internationally acclaimed watercolor artist Susan Harrison-Tustain as she applies her ‘naturalistic realism’ techniques to portrait painting in her portrait DVD, where you will learn all of the hints and tips, methods and techniques that will bring your portraits alive with color and personality:  ‘Susan Harrison-Tustain’s Watercolor Portrait Workshop’.

Look over Susans’s shoulder and follow step by step – all the way from stretching paper through to fine-tuning.

Disc One: In this tutorial Susan guides you, in great detail, through all the steps required to successfully paint a watercolor portrait.

Beginning with a short animation of the painting coming to life through all the stages, we then move on to stretching paper, materials, the background, and mastering subtle skin tones.

Enjoy a gallery of Susan’s exquisite artwork, and view additional information and resources. This DVD you will teach you the essential techniques required to produce stunning, detailed watercolor portraits of your own.

Disc Two: Continuing on from disc 1, we enhance the skin tones, create soft flowing hair, and learn how to describe the net hat and the fabric of the dress.



The next all-important stage is the ‘fine-tuning’.

Watch as Susan brings the portrait to life with all the final touches that create a naturalistic realism.

Both discs contain images which may be accessed for printing on your computer. The drawing, the reference photograph and Susan’s final painting may all be printed out if you wish to follow along with this portrait study. Susan’s teaching is in high demand internationally. Her DVD’s offer you the opportunity to study her unique style and methods in the comfort of your own home. Disc 2 contains the reference material for this project. For your convenience, those files are also available under the ‘Reference Images’ tab.

1 review for Watercolor Portrait Workshop with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levels

  1. 5 out of 5


    “Dear Susan, It was about 3 weeks ago I discovered your watercolour portrait video. I had been searching for such a video for sometime, but I notice while there is an abundance of other subjects, this one appears to be rare, at least on video. One is more likely to come across this kind of instruction in oils and they are usually more impressionist, which I find almost useless, being a realist. So, needless to say, I immediately ordered it.I received and viewed it in its entirety yesterday. Obviously you are unusually talented, but in addition to that, the easy and informal, yet very effective way that you educate the viewer as you go along was highly instructive and surprisingly enjoyable. Knowledge of one’s subject and the ability to impart that knowledge effectively to others, are two vastly different skills. Not all artists double as good teachers. Luckily for us viewers, you do. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I found it most enjoyable. I assume you chose the particular subject(s) i.e. the hat with the net and rose etc, for the techniques they present. Your teaching style immediately puts the viewer at ease, it is so clear and natural, and yet there is a definite element of entertainment there somewhere. A most serendipitous experience. Would you consider doing another one?” Regards and Best Wishes. From an artist in Toronto Canada I love my DVDs! They are the best watercolor DVD’s I have. Renee “Your DVD’s arrived in time for Xmas and I must say they make it so much easier to use as a reference. I no longer have to keep rewinding or fast forwarding video’s. The updated gallery and additional tech tips make it worthwhile even if one already has the book and video’s.” Cheers, Bruce Johnson

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DVD Reference Images for ‘Watercolor Portrait Workshop’

Welcome to the ‘supporting materials page’ for the Portrait Workshop DVD. If you wish to follow along step-by-step with the DVD, it will be useful to print out the following images: 1. The original pencil drawing, 2. the reference photograph and 3. Susan’s finished painting.NOTE: These images are all contained on the DVD discs themselves (in the “workshop-images” folder) but if you have trouble accessing those you can download them from this page.There is a choice of image formats to download. Choose whichever suits your needs best: THE PDF FILES open in Adobe Acrobat reader. This is very useful for onscreen zooming and printing. (The Acrobat Reader is freely available at adobe.com) The Jpeg files may be opened in a great variety of graphics viewers (e.g. Adobe Photoshop). Click the download links of your choice below:


Painting Jpeg
Painting Pdf

Drawing Jpeg
Drawing Pdf


Photo Jpeg
Photo Pdf

Download your free gift with purchase:

An ever-growing e-album of reference photographs is our gift to you with the purchase of any Susan Harrison-Tustain DVD/s. (Please note: Sales must be made directly via this website to receive this gift).

Do you have trouble finding the ‘right’ subject for your paintings?
Do you wish you had a better camera or skills to enable you to take ideal shots of beautiful subject matter for your paintings?
Do you want images that are perfectly lit and capture clear, crisp detail so you can paint the delicate nuances that will make your painting speak so beautifully to the viewers of your work?
Do you need images of roses but the rose season is over?
Or are you feeling a little blank when it comes to inspiration?
Maybe you would enjoy combining some of these images to create your individual painting. This e-album has a number of images of the same subject matter – all taken from the same angle and using the same light source. This will enable you to work your own magic!

“The power of a composition and good reference material cannot be underrated. I always say you can be the best painter in the world – but if your composition (and reference material) is lacking – nothing can lift that painting beyond a well ‘painted’ study. What we want to achieve are paintings that say so much more than that”.

The Susan Harrison-Tustain reference photograph e-album could be the answer you are looking for.

The security coded e-album of photographs is designed to help you chose your subjects from an array of reference photographs featuring florals, still life, street scenes, figurative, bird studies as well as miscellaneous subject matter. No matter what your preference, we are sure you will find inspiration here. Additional images will be added to the album from time to time to keep your inspiration flowing!

Susan has put together an e-album of awesome reference images for your use. This is a free, bonus, easily down-loadable gift with the purchase of any Susan Harrison-Tustain DVDs.

You may like to use parts of images to create your own composition. We feel this is the ideal gift for the artist who just wants to have their brushes flying without having to first search for the ideal subject matter.

These images are taken by Susan or Richard Harrison-Tustain. They are royalty-free as well as copyright free – and available only to those who purchase Susan’s DVDs from her website.

Please note it is advisable not to use other people’s reference images if you plan to enter a competition with the painting. Almost all competitions exclude the use of such images. Unless of course, you have changed the composition substantially.

“These images are for your pleasure and to help you move forward with your painting. Richard and I hope they bring you, your family and friends as well as patrons inspiration and joy from your finished paintings! Have fun! Susan”

YES, great news! After many requests to have downloadable versions of Susan’s four 2-disc DVD titles on how to paint in watercolor, we now have those available, so you can play them on your iPad, Android device, laptop, netbook or desktop computer. Of course, one of the best features of a DVD is the chapter menu and the navigation option for easily playing any section you wish. The video platform we have chosen allows this function. It’s called Platform Purple, and the player that your DVD downloads play on is called the ‘Purple Player’.

To purchase and play the downloadable DVD art lessons, the first step is to visit Susan’s DVD download shop. Once you have purchased a DVD download, signed up to Platform Purple and installed the ‘Purple Player’ you are ready to begin watching and learning from Susan’s watercolor painting teaching on any of your devices.

Please note:

There are 2 great options for viewing:

If you have a reasonably fast internet connection (such as found in most of North America and Europe for example) it is possible to watch the DVD video you have purchased by ‘streaming’ direct to the ‘Purple Player’.
If your internet connection is slower, and also if you wish to watch the DVDs offline you are best to ‘download’ the files to your computer or portable device to watch them at your leisure. Downloaded files are stored to your computer or device, so please ensure there is sufficient space for them. The files for the 4 DVDs are about 1.5 to 2 Gb each.
The ‘Purple Player’ is available for Windows and Mac desktop computers, laptops and netbooks and for Android and iOS hand-held mobile devices (such as Samsung or iPad tablets). Once you own the DVD download you can play it on any of these devices you have (with the correct version of the ‘Purple Player’ installed for the device).

Menu navigation differs, depending on the device you are using. For example in Windows Media Player it’s here, near the bottom:

and on an iPad it’s here:


For any questions you have or information you may require about the downloads ‘Platform Purple’ has a very good ‘Help Center’ and ‘Customer Support’ service.

The price of Susan’s watercolor painting DVD downloads is in US$ and is the same as the price of a physical DVD set, but with NO added shipping cost. With downloads we obviously incur no DVD disc production costs, but there is a cost to have the DVD downloads hosted and available for purchase. This cost is, in fact, higher than the cost of physical discs + shipping. For a very reasonable price the downloads provide great convenience and practicality for viewing of Susan’s DVDs, especially on the portable devices that are becoming ever more popular.
To enjoy the downloadable versions of Susan’s invaluable DVDs on how to paint in watercolor, please click to visit her DVDs Download shop

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