Last week I tried to show how exacting measurement in prep drawing for a watercolour portrait can work in your favour by giving reassurance of the drawing and confidence before applying paint.
I knew this painstaking method would be challenging and rather laborious for the group so this week I offered a shortcut alternative and took a tracing and transferred the drawing that way.
I was asked if I could paint someone everyone knew, to give added interest. I chose Tom Hardy and no-one knew him!
It’s not great to paint from someone else’s photograph for portraits but hey, it’s only an exercise.
I tried the one on the right at home to rehearse the points and to make sure I kinda knew what I was talking about when I came to do it in class.
The photo is a good example of high tonal contrast and three quarter pose.
The one on the left was the demo. These are half hour paintings, with a one inch flat brush.