Behind the scenes – painting a messy watercolour face

Some of my students in my art journal course have asked me to post some work in progress shots that show how I paint a face.

I use lots of different techniques and mediums when painting portraits. This one outlines just one method. I think it’s good for beginners because by starting with a simple pencil drawing you have a lot of form already and don’t need to build it all up with paint. Also you can be pretty messy in how you apply paint, and that will just make it look even better.

For a step by step insight with photos, that shows how I go from this:

Watercolour face process-1

to this:

Watercolour face process-6

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