Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Waiting", new watercolor portrait

Mike was the model at the last Portrait Society conference. I think his "ordinariness" is what made him so interesting to me. That, and his fiery, red hair.

I started out with several, small sketches.

Usually I do a full-sized value sketch on drawing paper, then transfer it onto the paper. This time I decided to draw right onto the w/c paper using an HB pencil. I found the 300# paper can takes a good bit of erasing, as long as you use a kneaded.

This is the final portrait, called "Waiting", 21" x 13" unframed.

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