THE MINIMALISTIC PORTRAIT – A workshop with pen and watercolor

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with Omar Jarmillo

October 24, 25 & 27
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Price: 80€



A workshop with pen and watercolor

The combination of pen and watercolour allows one to create expressive portraits with minimum amount of line and color. When done in a clever way, these two mediums can highly compliment one another and accentuate your results.

In this workshop, we will learn how to ‘preserve’ the basic line, and how to use washes of color to create points of attention, movement or mood. This course will be an introduction to watercolours and their potential. We will also have the opportunity to draw from a live model.

This technique is quite useful for drawing ‘plein air’, also for when you don’t have much time.

The minimalistic portrait is a workshop for both beginners and advanced sketchers.


Students need to bring:

  • Watercolour set (be sure to have cerulean blue)
  • At least 2 watercolour brushes (round brushes)
  • Waterbrush
  • Faber Castell Pitt pen (sepia S)
  • A cloth to clean the brushes, a cup for water


We will provide paper and fountain pens.




Taught by Omar Jaramillo
Omar was born in 1971 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
He completed his architecture studies between Ecuador and Germany. His work as a landscape architect brought him to spend long periods in Italy, the Emirates and Oman. During his travels, he kept track of the journey through drawing and watercolor. In 2009 he became a correspondent member of the ‘Urban Sketchers’.
In 2012 he was invited for a two month Artist-in-Residence project at the Opera House in Hannover, documenting the making of a ballet performance with his sketches. The project ended with an exhibition at the Opera House. Invitations to teach workshops in Barcelona , Tanzania and Malaga followed.
His work has been exhibited in Ecuador, Italy, USA, UAE, Canada and Germany. His drawings have been published by books, newspapers and magazines around the world.
Omar currently lives and works in Berlin. He is a founder and manager of the Urban Sketchers Germany chapter.



Cancellation policy:
Full refund of payment for a class will be given for cancellations only if the spot can be filled by another student. Please be considerate. We reserve the right to cancel a class in unusual circumstances or if minimum attendance numbers are not met. In this situation, of course, a full refund will be given.