I was sketching out a face, and apparently my subconscious mind turned it into a portrait of someone I know. I didn’t even realize it until my wife Donna pointed it out.
This is a hybrid effort – I drew the face loosely with pen and ink. It was water soluble ink, which I then blended with a brush.
I then painted in background and hair.
It definitely creates a different look to mix ink and watercolor in this way. And the hair was a great discovery; I was wondering how I would do it, and in the end, I think my technique worked pretty well. I did an underpainting of a multi-colored gray, then used a deeper black I mixed from my secondary palette to create some structure, then added fine details to give the hair a bit of body.
5″ x 7″ Fabriano watercolor block paper, cold press. I am really liking this paper. It is good for ink sketching, and it is bright enough to show colors to good advantage. Click for full size.