Bring the essence of the environment to your audience. 

Imagine you are at the seaside, enjoying a relaxing walk down the beach, listening to the sounds of the sea, and catching a glimpse of surfers waiting for their next wave. [hmmmm] I think it is safe to say that many of us love the holiday feeling which comes with looking at the ocean waves and listening to the sounds of the seaside.

To bring you closer to the tranquil feeling of holidays, in this class, I will take you step by step through illustrating a stylized landscape of a beautiful seaside with turquoise waters and calming waves.

Like many of you, I love to create environments for the stories and characters, and I want to show you how to bring the essence of the environment to your audience.

What students say about the course

"Awesome class! I enjoyed watching your class and the beautiful color combinations you used. It inspired me to create my own holiday card. Thank you, Iva !!"


- Valerie P. 

What you will learn

Quick tips about layouts and composition

What brushes to use to paint water

How to paint water, ocean, and waves using blending techniques

How to use real-life references to add details and characters

See you in the class!

What you will get

Video lessons with practical examples - Resources - Class project

Who is it for?

This class is for artists and creatives who want to improve their skills in drawing environments, water and waves. 

Hi, I am Iva from Art Side of Life and I will be your instructor

Course Curriculum



Lesson 1 - Brainstorming

Lesson 2 - Composition

Lesson 3 - Brushes

Lesson 4 - Colors

Lesson 5 - Blending

Lesson 6 - Unity with Variety

Lesson 7 - Waves

Lesson 8 - Reflections

Lesson 9 - Shadows

Lesson 10 - Characters

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

You can start and finish at your own pace.

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have lifetime access to the course. You can start and finish it anytime you want. 

How can I pay for the course?

At the moment, we accept PayPal and credit card payments. Some students have had issues with Visa debit card and Visa prepaid card. If you have the possibility to use another credit card, please do so. Otherwise, please contact me at

What equipment do I need to take the course?

Personal computer, tablet or smartphone. Please make sure you have access to a reliable internet connection to stream the videos. You will also need an email account to receive communication concerning this course. 

Where can I contact you in case I need help?

In case you have any questions related to this course, please contact me at

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