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Watercolor Demonstration 5
'Barrett'

This painting was completed using twelve Holbein colors, a one-inch flat brush and an old toothbrush (for spattering paint).

Initial Drawing   Initial Drawing
This is a pencil sketch based on a photograph of my friend Barrett. I liked the original photo so I stayed pretty faithful to it, though I did leave out the jewelry and tattoos because I wanted to focus on her face and hair (Barrett is a tattoo artist who wears plenty of ink herself).
     
Flesh Tone   Flesh Tone
The first step was to lay in the basic skin tone, so I mixed some Crimson Lake and Yellow Ochre and applied it sparingly. Note that this same color was used for what will become blonde highlights in her hair.
     
Accents   Accents
Here I've accentuated several areas by adding a darker, ruddier version of the previous crimson/yellow mixture. Once again the same color was appropriate for parts of both the skin and hair.
     
Blue   Blue
At this point I wanted to add some cool colors to the image so I selected a few key areas and dabbed on a thin layer of Cobalt Blue.
     
Yellow and Brown   Yellow and Brown
To help build density and detail I added a number of colors, including Permanent Yellow Light and a mixture of Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna.
     
Gray   Gray
Next I mixed up a batch of gray using Ivory Black, Cobalt Blue and Chinese White. Ordinarily I'd use Payne's Gray from another palette, but just for the sake of exercise I decided to stick with the colors included in the Holbein set.
     
Red   Red
To bring out more detail in Barrett's hair, I added a little Crimson Lake mixed with some of the muddy colors left over from the previous steps.
     
Background   Background
The abstract shapes that make up the background were created by mixing leftover gray with various colors, notably Viridian Hue and Permanent Green. At this point I also started spattering the portrait with drips and drabs of various pigments.
     
Finished Painting   Finished Painting
Here's how the finished work appears on my art website.

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