As I mentioned in my last article, after ‘drawing first’ most of last week, I switched back to my normal approach of ‘paint first’ on Friday. And as I was doing that, I started to think about the pigment characteristics of the various washes I was using and how they interacted as I placed them adjacent to each other. In particular how a ‘hair’ wash behaves when placed next to a ‘skin’ wash.
I thought it would be a good idea to do a test page and confirm my thoughts. So this is what you see here. The only one I have to be really careful about is using Transparent Red Oxide for hair – I have to make sure any skin washes are practically dry before I add the hair shape or else there will be a big mess!
My favourite part of using watercolour is exploring the interactions between pigments. I’m far more interested in creating what I call a ‘pigment party’ than I am in mixing exact colours. So it’s going to be really fun to revisit my Watercolour course – which now includes a bonus lesson all about how to understand different pigment characteristics and how to get the most out of them in our sketching.
In terms of ‘people sketching’ here are a few articles that address some of the questions raised last week in the comments here on the blog:
- Sketching People: My Strategy (2107)
- Sketching People Part 1: This year’s progress (2017)
- Sketching People Part 2: My breakthrough (2017)
- Sketching People Part 3: Advice (2017)
- Tips for sketching people in public (2019)
- Researching facial features (2020)
- Watercolour skin colour mixes (2020)
Also – I share a lot of tips on drawing people and including them in scenes during Lesson 3 of my Watercolour On Location course.
BTW: The links in yesterday’s post are now fixed (but will still not work if you try to click on them from yesterday’s email – oops!). So please head over to the article here to check out all of those Foundations articles. Sorry for the confusion!