Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Old Man Portrait WIP
Using a black and white reference photo by bboomerindenial from morguefile.com, the sketch posted earlier was transferred to a 1/4 sheet (11" x 15") watercolor paper. The actual image size will be approximately 6" x 6 1/2". This morning a first layer of yellow ochre was applied leaving some white areas for the lighter value.
The second photo shows a layer of quin rose applied over the yellow ochre while the third photo shows where viridian was brushed in. I didn't mentioned earlier that these layers were applied wet on dry paper.
I guess I'm looking for a formula where to put certain colors in the face. Should the shadows around the eyes be more purple/blue or is there is some green. What colors to put around the nose and the sides of the face that are in shadow. I don't know if they would look better purple, bluish, or greenish or warmer tones. I have always heard cool light, warm shadows and vice versa. I've read where the inside of the nostrils and the mouth are warm looking. So is it a matter of playing around and just adding color willy nilly until I come up with something I think looks good? I think so, because that is the only way it will soak in until it becomes a subconscious choice.