Hello everyone, today I would like to share my entry for the @Wherein's second stage painting contest. I hadn't used water colors in a while so it was fun getting back into it. I will share the process with you and the final result!
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I started with a rough drawing sketch on the watercolor paper to give me a guideline for when I then start to sketch. I then begin with red as the main mid tone in the face.
I begin adding blue/black for the darker tones and a little bit of yellow for the lightest tones where the sun catches his face and hat.
The watercolors did not allow me to create darker tones so I used watered down ink to create the darkest tones in the painting. This allowed me to create greater contrast and a sense of depth in the painting.
The final step involved adding the background and all the final small details in the face and his clothes. I used white water color to add the highlights in his eyes where the light catches them and also in his beard and hair. These small additions make all the difference.
I used this image by Anton Jankavoy as reference to create this painting. I found it inspiring how although he is old he has a child-like smile as if he never aged.