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.
More paint on; tonal additions and adjustments, eyes, some hair, eyebrows, lips, nostrils.
Everywhere got a little paint to finish.
Watercolour on paper 28″x15″
Following from last week’s exercise, this one is showing a layered build up.
Still using broad pools of colour and ignoring fine details.
I say selected, but having only about six paintings hanging about, it becomes an elimination of one.
These girl’s portraits sit fairly well together, all being similar ages and all represent my face-starin-right-at-ya style. Tomorrow night is the preview.
Here is a portrait in watercolour I used as a demo yesterday. A face full of character but has a still presence. The skin has seen lots of sunshine.
This project for the Tuesday group is an exercise for freehand drawing and carefree application of pools of colour. I like the watercolours of Charles Reid, seen in many an artists magazine, so I had him in mind on this one. Lots of random splashes, a few drips and trails and a mix of layers and wet in wet colour mixing.
I took an hour on this and I would usually take it a bit further but I am going to practice what I preach and leave well alone now.
This painting is a step closer to the finished state. I have applied another layer but i need one more attack on the paper before I can call it finished.
This has been a difficult one because I wasn’t convinced by the earlier layers that it could be a decent watercolour. It worked for me as a sketch in oils so I had to ask myself is it the medium that produces a successful painting or the artist that has to provide the solution as a painting progresses. In hindsight the latter seems obvious but it wasn’t at the time. Now I realise the lesson that a picture is a process of problems revealed and solutions that have to be resolved before any idea of success and settlement can be enjoyed.
The earlier stage here
First post of the New Year. Two weeks off and I forget how to put paint on. The only way to remedy that fear is to put some paint on.
I am giving a watercolour workshop on the 23rd so I have to get my hand in with a few watery paintings. First one is of Kate, hair pulled back and make-up on for theatre dance class. I have attempted to reproduce a watercolour I did of Maili some years back to compare with this one. I think It’s a decent face but it isn’t as subtle as the earlier one. This one has more pigment on it due to me overestimating the strength of the colours. New medium, new learning. I’ll try another tomorrow.