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you can’t even understand how many years i have waited for a picture like this you really can’t fucking understand
kiwis are always relevant on my blog.
what is this
It amber ’ s birthday
When you see a notp that involves your favorite character on your dash:
i dont trust anyone that doesnt like steve rogers
if you aren’t hyped about synthetic life and colonizing space then get out of my face
Hi anon :)
I don’t know if I have “tips” per say but I’m gonna explain you how I work and it will maybe help you to improve your technique.
First you have to understand that for my watercolor portraits like this one and this one, I never use watercolor alone. I use Colorex inks, Copic markers but also Prismacolor pencils. That’s how I manage to obtain this deep and very opaque rendering.
Also don’t feel guilty to have difficulties with watercolor, art student or not. It’s one of the most difficult medium, with pastels IMO (YMMV but I really find it hard sometimes (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ )
Ok, I hope I’ll be able to explain how I work because it’s not easy for me to explain my drawing process in English.
First, I chose a good reference photo (it may seem stupid to start by this precise point but believe me, it’s important). When I work in watercolor I love being able to see all the details of a picture so I don’t choose a crappy screenshot for instance. Promo photos are great.
On watercolor paper (*), I draw a light sketch with a pencil (HB or 2H) or with a sepia watercolor pencil. Then, I start with a very light wash over the whole skin. I use a ochre-sepia color. Next, I apply a light wash of pink near the eyes, the nose, and under the chin. I use a big large brush.
(*) I used to work on thick paper, Canson Watercolor paper 300g, but since I discovered the paper of the Hand book journal by Global art material, that’s what I prefer. This paper is so much easier to handle! Canson 124g is good too.
Then, I apply purple and a bit of cobalt blue in areas where you have shadows. It depends on the lighting of course but purple gives good results in my opinion. More rarely, I use light green too. I add washes of light pink and sepia (or sienna) all over the skin. I carry on building the skin tones little by little with washes of pink, ochre, and brown. I wait for the paper to dry between each layer of ink (and by waiting, I mean WAITING. I don’t use a blow dryer or something)
I use the same technique for hair and clothes except that for hair, I use a very thin brush to draw every strand separately (it’s my favorite part, particularly when I draw Jared ^^)
That’s it for watercolor: I switch to Copic markers and work on all the details, add some shadows here and there, particularly in the eyes, at the corner of the mouth. Next, I add the last details with Prismacolor pencil and a bit of pink pastel for the cheeks. I also use white ink for highlighting the eyes and the tip of the nose.
Voilà, I hope it was clear and easy to understand :S
I’d just like to say your Journal of a Man of Letters is absolutely stunning.
Thank you so much ♥ I worked in B&W a lot in the previous entries (and next week too is in B&W) but all the entries after Dean’s death are in very bright colors. I can’t wait to post them, particularly #74! I hope you’ll enjoy them :)
Have a nice week anon!
this is a lot to take in all at once