More Art Therapy: Watercolour Pencil Edition

While working at Indigo, I took advantage of my staff discount to get Moleskines for cheap and picked up a couple of watercolour notebooks for my travels abroad.

Except I’ve barely used them. It’s getting to the point that I see them on my shelf and feel guilty and can’t go near. But lately I’ve been craving doing art again, and since I’m on an art therapy binge (and the next episode of Game of Thrones is stuck at 99% with 0 seeds T___T), I decided today was as good a day as any. Not to mention I should be practicing for my art classes. Thus:

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I always want to take progress shots to see how the picture evolves, but I never stop long enough to remember. Watercolours are good though because I actually need to sit back while they dry. Thus, I present to you a long series of the evolution of this portrait.

Start sketching out the face and working the proportions of the features.
Start sketching out the face and working the proportions of the features.
Sketch out the rest: face shape, hair, neck, shoulders.
Sketch out the rest: face shape, hair, neck, shoulders.
First wash of shadows. Probably should have been more careful here at not over-shading at such an early stage (I'm terrible at leaving white space and I wasn't off to a strategic start for that...)
First wash of shadows. Probably should have been more careful here at not over-shading at such an early stage (I’m terrible at leaving white space and I wasn’t off to a strategic start for that…)
Next, second layering of watercolour pencil. Work in the details and the darks. Add in the eyes so it's not some freaky vacant Grecian bust study.
Next, second layering of watercolour pencil. Work in the details and the darks. Add in the eyes so it’s not some freaky vacant Grecian bust study.
Second wash with the brush. Working in the darks and getting a good idea of where the details should go.
Second wash with the brush. Working in the darks and getting a good idea of where the details should go.
More pencil details. Working on the shapes in the hair.
More pencil details. Working on the shapes in the hair.
Paint the pencil details of the hair, making it darker.
Paint the pencil details of the hair, making it darker.
Add white watercolour pencil to highlight as well as go over all the areas I've overworked. Also her eyes were too close together, I'd just realized, and I attempted to fix that by widening the nose, at the contrast of the right eye's inner corner.
Add white watercolour pencil to highlight as well as go over all the areas I’ve overworked. Also her eyes were too close together, I’d just realized, and I attempted to fix that by widening the nose, at the contrast of the right eye’s inner corner.
Going over the white watercolour pencil with the brush, creating opacity.
Going over the white watercolour pencil with the brush, creating opacity.
Going over in pencil over the white opaque areas to add fine detail.
Going over in pencil over the white opaque areas to add fine detail.
A last bit of brush work (also fixing the mouth/teeth).
A last bit of brush work (also fixing the mouth/teeth).
Adding the freckles, and voila! Finished.
Adding the freckles, and voila! Finished.

Here’s the original photo that I drew from. I can’t find the artist’s name to credit, but I thank him/her for aiding my portrait study.

Anyway have a good morning/afternoon/evening/night, wherever and whenever you are!

 


2 thoughts on “More Art Therapy: Watercolour Pencil Edition

  1. You bring something of your own to the portrait. I’m so glad you were able to do the progression…it’s fascinating to see. Love this piece. Raw talent that is beginning to respond to your needs.

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  2. i was playing flip book with these drawings and the results were amazing from start to finish
    i am really enjoying seeing your work progress from several years ago.
    i am experiencing a deep joy and satisfaction that you are publishing and adding your artwork for all to see.

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