I had done a pencil study of a male head with ‘nerd’ glasses for yesterday’s 30-in-30 painting, and there was my palette sitting innocently on my desk with some random colors in it. One cup of water later, I was doing this. Mostly, I was curious to see how much I remembered about the planes of the face. Need more work on noses. 🙂
But it was the attempt at blood that tested me the most – getting watercolor to run down the paper “just so” is vastly harder than I would have imagined. Going to have to make some more attempts at that. Partly it was the paper, which held really large drops of paint quite tenaciously. It was very hard to get them to drip. I wound up banning the pad of paper quite hard on my desk to get the paint to run – but mostly it just flew around the room.
In the end, I encouraged some movement with the brush and then banged it down repeatedly. Eventually, there was some movement. My technique in this area needs more work.
Watercolor on Sillman & Birn Epsilon paper, 7″ x 10″