How to Draw > Watercolors of People

The wash drawings shewn here were done on a not surface board. Paper has a nasty habit of cockling. The girl's head on the opposite page was facing the window, with the white blouse casting a reflected light up under the chin and on parts of the face.

It's a good scheme' always to rub your card over, after you have pencilled in, with damp cotton wool. It is not necessary to rub hard.

This should remove any paste or grease that may have got onto the surface during the mounting of the paper onto the board at the manufacturers.

When this is dry, paint the head completely with clean water, not flooding it then, when this is nearly dry, it should be possible to wash on your lightest tone of the flesh, leaving the white that occurs in the eye or anywhere else.

The card being slightly damp prevents the wash from drying with a hard edge.

When this is dry, and not before, wash on more clean water, still very little, and very lightly so as not to disturb the first wash, then when this is in its turn nearly dry, the shadow may be put on in a slightly darker tone.

To prevent your washes from being too wet, lightly dab your brush onto a piece of clean blotter, and if you desire a soft edge, as on the rounded cheek, you can almost dry your brush on the blotter, pressing it flat so that the brush spreads out slightly fanwise. No one can put on a wash with the point of a brush.

The still darker tones on the cheek and on the nose may be added with a darker wash, the brush being almost dried as before.

The hair should be treated in the same way, and the darker greys and blacks left till last.

The two studies at left are purely to show further methods of technique.

The black velvet frock was applied while the clean water wash was quite wet. This needs practice and careful thought.

The arm and shoulder of the other sketch was painted one wash over another, using the same method as that used in the girl's head.

Mix up plenty of wash in your pallete and don't use a small brush for large areas.

Introduction to Drawing People
Materials Needed to Draw People
The Essentials of Drawing People
Posing the Sitter for a Portrait
Composition for a Portrait
How to Draw Hands
How to Show Age and Character
Drawing Clothes
How to Convey Emotions
Using Planes to Render People
Using Humor to Show Character
Examples of Portraits: Mother
Examples of Portraits: Brother
Examples of Portraits: Little Brother
Examples of Portraits: Uncle
Drawing Groups of People
Line Drawings of People
Watercolors of People

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