Faces in Watercolor

In my search to find new images to attempt to paint I came across a photo I took several years ago of a young girl. What attracted me to this image was the wind-blown pieces of hair.



To help guide me and help me see the lines to draw this image I applied several filters to the original picture using Photoshop.






Each picture allows me to clearly see the shapes within the picture.



My drawing of the face. All I’m trying to capture are the shapes that make up the face. I softly use an eraser to lighten the dark pencil lines.



Using watercolor I paint the shapes not worrying about creating the actual face. (If I paint the shapes a face should appear) This turns into a fun project and I paint fearless of the outcome.



In the finished painting I feel the face came out looking older than the age of the girl in the photo. I like the strands of hair blowing across her face. I will return to this picture and do a practice series of paintings to see how different colors and techniques alter the finished results. Time spent painting is always time spent learning and today I had a wonderful lesson in painting a face.


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~ by Lorraine Rimmelin on October 22, 2013.

2 Responses to “Faces in Watercolor”

  1. this is really cool Lorraine! I don’t have photoshop but its great that u can get different looks. Was this face traced from there or did you draw it freehand? thanks for posting – i really enjoy your work!

  2. Thanks Deb, I was able to draw the face because the different photoshoped images helped me see the lines.

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