I'm going to handcuff myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the third time I have worked on this SAME watercolor. I add paint, I take off paint, I add paint, blah, blah, blah . . . but . . . I think I like this LAST iteration (yes LAST) iteration. The End.
This portrait of Tommy was started with a flat, four inch watercolor brush, painted in wet-on-wet on 140 lb. Arches cold press watercolor paper. After that, the painting was brought to completion wet-on-wet as well as wet-on-dry with a #20 round watercolor brush. Painting time about one hour.
Here is my final iteration of the painting in my previous post. Same painting, just more texture, lifting, and a few more hints of color added with conte. The sketch in charcoal pencil is a more accurate angle of the reference photo that I was working from. It was bugging me that I was so off on the angle, so I just had to do the sketch to get it right!
First I sketched my subject from a reference photo. This was followed by using a large four inch flat brush ago paint in some abstract light-valued washes, almost at random. I then painted in my subject's spiky hair with a large round brush. After that, I darkened up my initial sketch lines with a 8B sketching pencil. Finally, I darkened and worked some more on the greenish background wash to pull out his face a little more. Noticed the variety of colors in his hair. Oops! Notice that I drew him at the wrong angle! Oh well. the painting still works! I'll do another study at the correct angle. Stay tuned, dear reader.
These are two of my latest watercolor portraits. The top one was a student of mine in my pen and ink class at Sacramento City College last Spring semester and the bottom watercolor is one of my current Fall semester students in my design class. I'm playing with more white space and pencil line work. I like these, but i will paint my next ones with even less washes and highlight more of the pencil contour line work like this watercolor I did about eight years ago. It has a little more white of the watercolor paper and the face just has a touch of washes.