Here we go again, third time is a charm they say. 🙂
Here is the sketch laid out on the watercolor paper with “mastik” or “resist” applied to reserve the white areas.
BTW I use and abuse all family members and friends, as I grab photographs to work from whenever I see something cool so I can practice painting of the human form. The photograph I am using for this one was taken by Sandi Shirley, my co-grandma. Thank you!
My goal was to get Ben’s likeness and I finally feel that I have done it. It does look just like him. Yay! Such a cute baby with two of the deepest dimples you have ever seen. Dimples are not easy, go ahead and try em. It was tricky to get the lighting right, but I feel like the reflection is working correctly too. At least I hope so. What do you think? Be gentle… I’m an emotional artist ya know. 🙂
While working with fellow artists on achieving a better level of realism in my watercolor portraits this was my first attempt at Ben’s watercolor portrait in three progressive shots.wash backgroundbegin values interiormore interior values…
At this point, three fellow artists’ suggested “start over”. Focus on the face and reflection instead. I agreed, so start over it is.