Sunday, October 25, 2009
Self portrait start
I'm still working in watercolour and with another self portrait. that I set up today. This piece is 15 x 22 on 300lb Arches paper. The skin tone is very pale in this and I'm using a reference image. I wanted to see how I could capture that colouring, yet still have elements that draw the view in.
I also like the drama of a face that fills the space. That, in itself, creates impact.
So I'm thinking carefully now about brush strokes and placement. Watercolours do tend to be a planner's tool as they aren't very forgiving. I'm still going fairly loose with this but patience isn't often my virtue when it comes to waiting for layers to dry, so there may be some lost edges. However, part of the appeal of watercolour is not knowing exactly what will happen.
And a couple of closer views for those who like to see technique and detail.