Here's the continuation of the watercolor lesson. For reference, I've listed the materials again.
Watercolor Pans (Winsor-Newton)
Watercolor Tubes (Winsor-Newton)
Watercolor Semi-soft pans (Yarka)
Doll traced onto Arches paper
My preferred brush is a Cotman (by Winsor Newton) #4 round. It's really versatile. My second favorite brush is also a Cotman. I believe it's a #1 round but I've had it so long that the markings are gone & the handle is bent! I like a full synthetic brush -- I think it has the best feel at the best price. I've had those two brushes for 10 years, easily. Take care of a good brush & it'll last forever!
So now that my dolls have all of their color blocked in, and the flesh tones have some shadows, it's time to give everything else some shadows. I started with the red, then the yellow, then the orange. Again, I tried not to paint adjacent areas. Start subtle. It's easier to add than to take away.
For red, the complimentary color is green. Green is directly across from red on the color wheel. Adding green to red will make the red a little darker and a little more dull. Perfect for shadows!
Outline everything with a thin brush in a darker tone. Take your time with this! I find outlines really help clean the image up and really give it a "finalized" look.
This is the final doll. A word of advice: keep your light source in
mind. I accidentally started shading the wrong side of some of the
clothes. Instead of adjusting the clothes, I adjusted the shading on
1) Lay in a midtown. This is a blonde so I put in a light yellow.
2) While the yellow is still somewhat wet, I put in the first layer of shadow.
3) Using a damp brush, I pull out a little of the light yellow where the highlight is.
4) A second layer of shadows. I've also started adding lines to give the hair texture.
5) Once all of this dries, I take the initial yellow & glaze over the whole hair again.
6) Another layer of shadows and lines with a thin brush.
7) More of the same, slightly darker.
8) Outline everything.
Next time we'll start talking about digital media. I'll start with a Photoshop introduction. Hopefully you won't see anymore of my horrible photos -- screenshots from here on out!