Decided to take a few online courses through Domestika.com. The courses are full of good information, videos, extra printouts, etc., and are very inexpensive. One drawback = they are all in Spanish (so far) with subtitles or English overdubbing. You get used to it and I have taken 2 and am in a third right now - all to help with watercolor portraits. We’ll see how it goes.
So far, I’ve finished a course by Sol Barrios, who taught us how to use watercolor and graphite pencil for portraits and painting very lightly, layering the color. I did okay with the portrait she used in the course, but then tried one of my granddaughter and really got too heavy-handed so add to add watercolor pencils to it.
Then I tried again and did better. As with every new way of doing something, you have to practice. I think I need to go back into the 2nd granddaughter version around the eyes and make them pop more.
At least, these are interesting and I learn something from them - and it makes me get into my little art room and do something.
I think these are quite good, Rhonda--you really caught their expressions! And I like the way you simplified the hair into shapes!
Thanks, Laura. I am not good at portraits, even when I begin tracing the photo - hard to not get the nose or eyes wrong, but that’s why I keep trying.
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