Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Many Faces of Tommie



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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The evolution of "Tommy"






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.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Continued iteration of previous watercolor portrait post


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!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lobenberg watercolor portrait evolution




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.