Gallery Of Watercolor On Paper Portrait Paintings
Watercolor paints are delicate paints based on water, a fluid and inconsiderate element and therefore working with them is considered difficult among all painting techniques. Watercolor paints are as traditional as oil paints but working with them is completely different and requires self-discipline, high sensitivity and patience in order to create accurate paintings. This is all the more true when it comes to a watercolor portrait. The portrait is a particularly sensitive subject, as the facial features consist of thousands of dots, lines and tiny spots that work together to create a one-time portrait. Millimeter inaccuracy of a line or dot can disrupt a person's identification in a drawing.
When I work on a watercolor portrait, I find myself particularly attentive to every detail and hue of the person in the photograph. The slow work in watercolor paints requires to weigh the hand and calculate each stain over and over again, since it is very difficult to make corrections in this technique (unlike oil paintings for example which are very flexible and can be repaired endlessly). A good watercolor portrait begins with a delicate and thorough pre-drawing, which follows every detail in the human face, examines every beauty mark, eyelash and freckle and prepares the ground for the abundance of colors that will come in transparent and delicate layers, until the exact and unique look of the person is accomplished. The paper on which I paint portraits in watercolor paints is a particularly thick dedicated paper, with a texture that increases the absorbency of the colors saturated in water and allows accurate and high-quality work.
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