In my courses, you'll always have my enthusiastic permission to take inspiration and copy the included exercises and illustrations as part of the creative process! After all, my intention is to help you become a better artist. By studying and replicating the course content, you'll acquire valuable techniques, develop a deeper understanding of telling stories without words, thoughtful compositional content, along with formulating essential processes that cultivate your creative voice. Practicing the art of copying, or what I like to call creative practicing, will help you establish a strong foundation and open the door to discovering your one-of-a-kind signature style. - Danielle


We'll focus on the concept of creative muscle memory, which involves developing intuitive artistic abilities through consistent practice of the same drawing and painting techniques, materials, and approaches. While drawing on camera can be challenging, I have prepared detailed drawings of the characters in advance to ensure your success. You will have access to these drawings as references, allowing you to focus on improving your illustrative skills.

In addition to the drawing practice, you'll paint your characters using a full-color reference sheet. While the drawing portion of the course is based on handouts, there will be twelve in-depth painting videos using one of my detailed drawings to guide you in enhancing your watercolor skills.


An extensive Welcome PDF Packet, filled with insights and information to prepare for a positive creative growth experience.

Twelve video and packet lessons that include pre-recorded instructional painting videos with a coordinating PDF Packet that includes a line-art-only illustration, full-color illustration with list of supplies, photo references, and a Tiny Tail Notecard.

Using what you have learned from the previous packets and video content, you'll receive an additional 40 Independent Practice Packets that include a line-art-only illustration, full-color illustration with list of supplies, photo references, and a Recipe Card with a sweet short story to inspire and room for notes.


During our time together in the course, I'll help you develop a focused creative skillset illustrating fifty-two lovely and highly detailed character illustrations in pencil and watercolor. By the end of the course, you will not only have developed a substantial set of illustrative skills but also have a foundation for creating characters with your own signature style.

Let's Fly!

Drawing the folds of superhero capes is easy to do with practice if you take the time to be sure the drawing "makes sense" before you paint it!

Signature Bits.

Keep your eye out for little things that you do frequently. These are the things that build your "signature style." I love stripes and rainbows!

Pencil it in.

Tone-on-tone tidbits of colored pencil over sheer material is so dreamy! The process is oh-so doable once you understand layering watercolor glazes.

Shenanigans. The following is a sampling of the curriculum and a list of supplies for this course. Most of the supplies I use are artist-grade and are a more significant investment than student-grade. I highly encourage you to use what you have and take notes while watching the videos for the first time. Then, invest in the supplies that will truly enhance your own art.
XO, Danielle

Example Curriculum

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Creative Essentials are the short list of basic supplies that I use in all my classes. 

  • Artist-grade watercolors (pan or tube)
  • Watercolor-only brushes
  • Artist-grade paper (140 lb., cold press)
  • Mechanical Pencil (.3 mm lead) and white vinyl eraser
  • White ink marker 
  • Tube of Artist-grade traditional white gouache
  • Mixing palette (white porcelain dish works as well)
  • Clear Jar/clean water
  • Paper towels
  • Table Salt

Course-specific Supplies are tools and materials that I use during this course. As always, I highly encourage you to use what you have, make notes, and only invest in what you really need to add to your creative toolbox. 

  • Clear Drying Glue
  • High Flow Acrylic Paint (Golden Titanium White and Carbon Black)
  • Lollypop Sticks (Wilton Lollypop Sticks)
  • Mixed-Media Journal (Watercolor Dori from The Messy Nest on Etsy)
  • Scissors
  • Ultra-Fine Point Permanent Black Marker (Sharpie)

Please note that the supplies used in this course may not be available where you live or may have been discontinued based on the original course release date. If you’re having trouble finding a specific supply, you can try searching for art supply substitutions online. There are many resources available that can help you find alternative supplies that you can use instead. You’ll find the brand-specific creative tools and supplies that I currently use tucked away in all the corners, shelves, and drawers of my studio on the STUDIO page of my website.

Kind Words.

Shenanigans: this year long class of drawing and painting gorgeous, whimsical girls is one of my favourite Danielle Donaldson classes. So much content, hours of informative videos, great handouts, and instruction. It’s the class that keeps on giving. I’ve done a lot of online classes and keep coming back to DD because she is very clear in her explanations of why she did this or that. I’m more confident with my drawing skills and really improving with my watercolour techniques too. I highly recommend joining. Julie V.

Meet your Instructor.

Hello, I’m Danielle Donaldson. With my trusty mechanical pencil (and eraser), a plethora of watercolors, a penchant for imagination-filled detail, and sprinkle of mixed media experimentation, we’ll adventure together and make some creative magic.

Helpful Handouts.

All courses include a coordinating Handout Packet in PDF format that serves as a tangible reference of the video content and includes insight into my creative process. It also provides an opportunity to continue growing your creative skillset after the course is complete.

Let's Get Started!

CURRENCY. This course is priced in USD. REFUND POLICY. Because you have immediate access to the content of this course, I am unable to offer a refund. QUESTIONS? Send an email to [email protected]. Please allow 48 hours for response.


How long do I have access to this course?

The course comes with lifetime access and all lessons are downloadable as well.

What is included and how long are the videos? Scroll up to Course Curriculum. In addition to the videos, courses always include coordinating (PDF) Handout Packets.

Is this course suitable for all levels? All levels are always welcome! I try to teach to the middle in my courses. That means beginners might need to practice more and rewatch the videos more than once to grasp techniques and concepts. Advanced artists can use the content to elevate their style by taking bits of the course and infusing them into their own style.

Is high speed internet needed for the course?

Yes. You'll need a good internet connection to watch/download the videos.

Should I buy all of the art supplies used in this course? I highly encourage you to watch the videos and review the handouts prior to investing in new supplies. If you have fallen in love with watercolor and want to continue working with them, I do feel that to get the most out of watercolor-based art, you should consider investing in artist-grade paint, paper, and brushes.

Please visit my STUDIO page on my website to explore the current tools and supplies I use to create my art.

Do you have an online community for your courses? The Danielle Donaldson Art Room is a private Facebook group for participants in all of my courses. You'll find the information to join once you have signed up and have access to the course.

I have a question about this course and can't seem to find the answer. I am happy to help! Please email me at [email protected]. Please allow 48 hours for a response prior to reaching out again.