First Stage

Starting a portrait can be intimidating. I’m often left wondering how and where to begin. How do I want the finished project to look? Do I want to use pencil or ink for the basic drawing? Do I want the coloring to be subtle or bold? What to do first?

Here I quickly sketched her in pencil and then put in light washes for her skin tones and shadows before putting in the background wet in wet. I decided to aim for bold.

It’s fortunate I remembered to stop and take a photo. I so often get in the flow, keep painting and only when I’m finished think how a few early photos would help me as a reference for techniques I could use when starting another project.

I had masked off a frame using 1/2 inch artist’s tape which allowed the painting to have a nice crisp edge as it floats on the page. It’s definitely a technique I’ll be trying again.

You’ll see… I’ll share another on Monday. In the meantime, Happy Groundhog Day!

Pencil and Watercolor in an 8″ square HandBook Watercolor Journal. Portrait of a muse from Sktchy.

4 thoughts on “First Stage

  1. Wonderful

    On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 10:42 PM Dana Burrell… Art wrote:

    > Dana Burrell posted: “Starting a portrait can be intimidating. I’m often > left wondering how and where to begin. I do I want the finished project to > look? Do I want to use pencil or ink for the basic drawing? Do I want the > coloring to be subtle or bold? What to do first? Here ” >

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