This morning seemed the perfect time to start my self portrait. Dawn was bright and the air outside a crisp 4 degrees Fahrenheit, so why not stay inside and fiddle with paints? Things turned out far better than I had anticipated. For those of you unfamiliar with watercolor painting, it’s done in stages, starting with the lightest and most translucent colors. Each wash gets gradually darker, and if you go too dark too fast, there’s only so much “erasing” you can do, because painting over something lighter doesn’t work — the darker color always shows through. So watercolors are fairly unforgiving. But I’ve found through the years of dabbling in it that I’m so drawn to watercolors done well, so I keep on trying to get better.
I thought it might interest you to see how one gets from a drawing through the various washes to the final product, so…
And because it’s so fun to see a reference photo and a painting side by side…
You can definitely tell I am not a professional! But it’s a fun hobby to pull out now and then. Now the perennial problem…what do I do with it?
3 thoughts on “Painting the Self Portrait Step by Step”
Nicely done. I’m impressed. 🙂
I’m pretty amazed at this, Erin! And it was interesting to see the step-by-step. Water color has always terrified me — so unforgiving. You did a beautiful job. I wouldn’t have noticed the eye issue, and I’m not sure I still see it.
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