Saturday, April 07, 2007

Little Boy Watercolor Portrait WIP

Modeling areas on the face.
Hair is painted dry on wet


timoy said...

dry on wet or wet on dry?
what's the difference between this two technique? i also love watercolor painting and i want to learn its techniques and have a tips from the pro.

Kathy Jurek said...

Hi Timoy,

Dry on wet - squeeze out fresh paint from your tube, do not put any water in it, dampen the area of your paper where you are going to paint, then pick up the paint with your brush and paint "dry" paint into the wet area of your paper.

Wet on dry - is the way we usually paint with watercolors. It's the watercolor diluted with water and painted on dry paper.

Hope this helps. Thanks for commenting.

Kathy Jurek said...

When I paint hair, I always dampen the area, squeeze the water out of my brush and then pick up fresh paint that hasn't been diluted with water. I also use a 1/2 or 1 inch flat brush and use it so the brush makes vertical lines "hair" rather than a wide stripe but you can play with it to get the strokes you like. The more you practice, the better feel you get. I also start with the lightest shade of hair and build up the darks. If the paper starts to dry, wait until it's dry and then re-wet and start again. Painting this way makes very soft hair.

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