We just completed our yearly Watercolor Portrait Class! These artists are just amazing me with their paintings. Every single one of them just keep improving with each year that goes by.
We began the class by studying and painting parts of portraits. We discussed what things on a face define the likeness of someone. Some practiced hands, too!
The next week, we discussed the general measurements of a head and the facial features. We learned to crop a photo and measure the format of our watercolor paper to be dimensionally correct to the reference. We then learned to grid each of them to help us get accurate proportions to our drawings and paintings.
Some artists included animal portraiture.
We discussed composition and where our center of interest could be located and cropped our photo appropriately. We talked about value and how we needed contrast. Some artists included figurative work.
We learned how to paint little people because we have a landscape class coming up and are thinking we might like to work toward including figures in our landscapes.
I was most impressed, however, with the night we explored creating a grunge background and then painted a portrait onto that background.
Any of the above paintings can be enlarged by clicking on them.
There are 62 works of art, right now, on the student Portrait page. You can access them by scrolling to the top of this post and clicking on Student Art: Watercolor Portrait 2015 or by clicking here.
Thank you, again, to all the artists who share their work here!