Monday, March 15, 2010
Ethiopian Child, Layers Update
Rhonda asked, ". . . do you not draw it on the wc paper exactly as you want it and then paint it? I would think it would be difficult and frustrating to try to adjust in watercolors after you have the features in? Maybe that's just me and I don't know how to adjust a portrait in watercolors - any tips for us?"
Using my sketch, I transferred it to tracing paper then rubbed graphite on the back of the lines then transferred the sketch to watercolor paper by going over the lines on front of the tracing paper, again. The lines on the watercolor paper were not dark so I did tend to lose my way in the different facial areas. I only put enough lines in for general placement of the features. I also think I used too much water and not enough paint, in some instances. I did make sure my paper was dry though between layers.
It is difficult to correct in watercolor without marring the paper - in this painting I used burnt sienna and quin. burnt sienna so they lifted pretty well. It is the darker areas where ultramarine blue and perm. alizarin crimson were used that didn't lift well when I wanted to correct shapes.
I'm not sure if this answers your questions fully, Rhonda. For me, every painting is different but I do know the next one I will paint the eyes first which is usually how I begin a drawing.