Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Art School: A Watercolor Fashion Portrait

Been missing from my Saturday Art School a little too long...
Though I have a lot of fun Art tutorials lined up for all of you... a bit of watercolor, a bit of sketching and even a few oil painting tips and cheats ideas...and of course- my favorite kids cartoon tutorials.
but we will get to all of those by and by...
first up is a watercolor tutorial for making a fashion portrait
whats with a fashion portrait you ask?
Well- firstly its from a fashion photograph and is slightly more minimalistic with bolder strokes than normal traditional watercolor portrait.
One person who does FANTASTIC fashion portraits is David Downton and I always look to his work for inspiration.


So this is the portrait that we will be learning to paint:



STEP-1
we start with a sketch of the face in a light pencil:




STEP-2
Add a watery wash of skin color around the upper eyes and side of the nose (watery burnt sienna)
and a bit on the eyebrows as well. (mix of raw umber or a darker shade of brown)




STEP-3
Add a little more of the wash around the side of the face that is flanked by the hair as well as a little darker hue on the cheekbones.
Add a few strokes under the eyes as well as the shadow of the lips+nose -like shown.




STEP-4
Add a light wash along the jawline with the same skin combo
Add a watery vermilion color for the lips- leaving a bit of white in the centre of the lips as shown.




STEP-5
Now take a wash of yellow ochre for the initial layer of the hair (just simple strokes)
and the add a bit of burnt sienna to the yellow to add some depth.




STEP-6
Continue with the other side of the hair- using the same loose strokes.




STEP-7
Take diluted prussian blue mixed with a teensie little black, and draw a clean stroke on the upper lids of the eye as well as the centre of the eye.
A little lighter stroke on the edge of the lower lid as well.
With a darker shade of brown (burnt sienna) add some depth on the lips too.




STEP-8
Now for some detailing with the same shades of blue- with and without the tinge of black...
to color the the eyeballs as well as the eyelashes.




STEP-9
Follow the same steps with the other eye as well as darken the pupils slightly as shown 
in the picture.
Darken the eyebrows and the eyelids as with a fresh wash of diluted color.
Add a shade darker to the lips- not in its entirety, but where its shown in the picture.




STEP-10
Add a few strokes of washed out-diluted black in the background- esp around the lighter hair- to bring out the golden beauty of the hair.




STEP-11
Darken the black now and use oncentrated color but with real loose strokes to darken the background and the scarf that she has around her neck..
Add a few diluted strokes in the hair to add more depth.



 and voila! the pretty woman is complete.
 I hope you found the tutorial useful and it has inspired you to get started?


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2 comments:

  1. Nice way of teaching.... Truly Artistic!

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  2. wow.. loved the way you have explained every step in detail.. Though I have a good hand but I am not a good teacher.. So gonna follow your blog.. Here's my gallery Brushstrokes

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