Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Step-by-Step Watercolor Demo

At my last workshop in Charlotte, NC, I demonstrated a portrait of an older man. A student took photos while I worked, so I thought I'd share them with you.

I started out with a small study to determine my color scheme. I decided to use analogous + complementary colors. Analogous means the colors are next to each other on the color wheel--in this case, yellow green, yellow, and yellow orange. Violet is opposite yellow on the color wheel, so violet will be my complement.

Below: I started with washes over the entire face using raw sienna and permanent rose.

I added the shadow area using a wash of ultramarine blue, then, while it was still wet, I dropped in raw sienna and permanent rose to neutralize the blue. You can see the likeness starting to emerge as the shadows define the bone structure and the features.

Next, I created big washes of violet and yellow/yellow orange using permanent rose, quinacridone violet, ultramarine blue, and raw sienna.

I scrubbed and softened the hairline and individual hairs.

This is as far as I've gotten with the portrait. I will post the final version when it's done.

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