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.

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

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Emma2

Emma3

Emma4

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Paint with Me

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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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