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Classic Watercolor Figure Painting Featuring President Teddy Roosevelt

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Follow award-winning painter Steve Curl in this classic watercolor figure painting course featuring Theodore Roosevelt in his signature roughrider uniform. This course is a good balance between using common watercolor techniques and working on a more difficult subject. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Class:

  • Reference picture of Theodore Roosevelt’s full figure (click here for Steve’s picture)
  • A sheet of Arches cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 16″)
  • Mechanical pencil with HB 0.5mm lead
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Ruler
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints (with 26 wells)
  • 2 containers of water
  • Paper towels

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Crimson Lake
  • Phthalo Blue Yellow Shade
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Peacock Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Payne’s Gray
  • Neutral Tint

Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors

  • Ultramarine (Green Shade)
  • Winsor Violet (a.k.a. Dioxazine Purple)


  • Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 8)
  • Escoda Reserva Series: Round Kolinsky-Tajmyr sable brush (size 12)
  • Flat Brush Fibonacci: Sky wash brush (60mm with 40mm bristles)