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Practicing Watercolor Portrait


Today I practiced painting a portrait. I think I am making some progress in adding in shadows without making the skin look blotchy. [Blur the edges!]

Beach girl is a character I have been trying to illustrate. She is inspired by my daughter (when she was younger). I’ve struggled with painting beach girl’s face. So, I selected a photo of my daughter to work from. I figure when I’ve mastered painting her face, I can then, work on a less detailed, more illustration style version. I am finally starting to capture some of the elements that resemble my daughter.

Here are some of my steps:
This one looks like an alien!
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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

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4 thoughts on “Practicing Watercolor Portrait

  1. You did a nice job with the glowing skin tones and the gradients to shadow.

  2. I like it. I’m not very good at these

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