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Friday, December 28, 2007

Watercolor Portrait Completed

Well I think this is done! I will leave it for a few days and come back to it to see for sure and I will likely make some tweaks. I have added a few more glazed to the hair after lifting out some highlights. To lift out the highlights I just used a nylon angle brush with clean water and a tissue. You could also use a razor blade to scratch out the highlights but I think it looks too harsh. It is also scary to take a razor blade to a portrait after all this work! I also lifted some highlights out on the skin, eyes and shirt. I love this stage but it is easy to get carried away so I have to watch myself. The paint also lifts very easily at this point as there are so many layers of paint on the paper to a light hand is good! This photo seems to be a bit less red than the original, I can't seem to get it right ;)


Billie Crain said...

Tracey, this turned beautifully.:) i had hoped you'd keep more of the red but reading your comments i realized you lost some it when photographing. i'll bet this is gorgeous IRL!

Happy New Year!

Tracey said...

Thanks Billie, yes I am quite happy with it as the skin tone looks quite natural in real life :) I really like painting with this method (the grisaille) even if I can never remember how to spell it ;) It has made a major improvement in the quality of my paintings and I really enjoy the process even though I am learning.