Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Shannon's Portrait In Watercolor

This is a portrait commission that I was working on this week. At left is the full-sized value sketch and composition.

After meeting with the client and an hour-long photography session, we decided that the simplest design would be the best approach. Shannon is a very pretty girl who exudes a good deal of confidence and friendliness. Adding background elements or a complicated design may have taken away from that.

After tweaking the composition, I started layering the skin tones with quinacridone colors and transparent pigments. This kept a nice glow in the painting even with subsequent layers.

I saved the opaques (mostly Cad Red and Turquoise) for the end to punch up some dark areas.
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