Worked on studies of facial features today. I'm tired, I have a cold, but I had enough energy for two studies (and, honestly, they are actually invigorating when I do it right). They are only tiring if I start sweating the details too much. Bold brush strokes are the most satisfying, though lately "bold" has … Continue reading An eye and an ear
Two small paintings: a study of a woman's face for a large painting, and a first attempt at hair using Charles Reid's techniques. First up: dark hair study. And this is the face study painted in Cheryl's class this morning. Before I read the materials on hair in Reid's book. Feels a bit stilted, … Continue reading Hair and faces
I don't know why I don't paint flowers more; they are so beautiful. Quick sketch of an iris, from life, in Cheryl Long's watercolor class a few days ago. I added the window and clay pot from my imagination afterwards.
There's this whole phenomenon called "Urban Sketching." I mostly see outdoor scenes, but it can be most anything sketched/painted live that is city rather than country. The boundaries are pretty inclusive. Was at the City Perk coffee shop near here today, and was struck by the bright colors of a building across the parking lot, … Continue reading First Urban Sketch
Two pencil sketches with watercolor added. The face is after an exercise by Charles Reid in his book "The Natural Way to Paint," and is freely adapted. Just added some wash to play after establishing the shadows. The face is not as yellow in the original as it looks here. Has a kind of Frankenstein … Continue reading More faces and features
Picked up a great book on watercolor portrait skills, by Charles Reid (Portrait Painting in Watercolor - out of print, but available used on Amazon). It's a fabulous book. Here are two studies I did recently following the techniques in the book. Reid's teaching technique is not the usual sort - very detailed, very specific, … Continue reading Studies for watercolor portrait painting
A few pen sketches I made recently. The first two are pure sketches; no pencil drawing to start with, just all pen and ink. Boots are from photo, back of head is from live model (next table over at Issaquah Coffee). This last one was quite deliberate, having a little fun with pen and ink … Continue reading Pen Sketches