Water colors are one of the hardest mediums to use to paint a portrait .The reason is that you cannot really control the paint, you cannot hide your mistakes, and you cannot over work. In Acrylic you can simply paint over, since it is opaque. So too in oil--you can 'fix' the mistakes. In Water color, it is such an art!
Above is a water color portrait I made, of my daughter which I am happy with. I have shared the image on my Insta art page too.
I got a lot of queries, asking me how I made it, and what materials I use.
So I thought I would do a post, showing you step by step.
Materials I use: Water colour: Sakura Koi (24 color paint box). This is what it looks like.
The paint brushes I use are sable hair brushes from UK. The brand is Pro-Arte. I use 0 number, 2 number, 4 number and 6 number.
Here's how I made the portrait.
I started with a line drawing. The drawing has to be accurate. You can see that I have marked very lightly with pencil, the areas where I want the highlights.
Then I wet the entire area of the drawing. I added a very light wash of the flesh tone which I got by mixing cadmium red and lemon yellow. I blocked in the hair using purple.
This is when it all comes alive. I painted the eye brows, the hair, and darkened the eyes, taking care to leave the highlights in the eye, untouched.
I also added the details on the clothes.
And voila--it is done!
Hope this helped all of you who wanted to know how I did this.
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