This portrait masterclass is for painters who have attended a previous portrait workshop.
Get straight down to drawing and building up paint using the techniques I have described in prior sessions. We will paint one eye and one nose from a single A4 source photo (above left), designed to print off and paint.
Start by analysing the feature in the photo, creating a pencil drawing to establish proportions and to describe the way light falls. Identify paint colours that will effectively describe light and prepare them in the palette. Lay on watercolours within “wetted zones”, using the dry paper to create definition. Then lift off to add more light back in to our painting and end with final focussed detailing.
Watercolour artboard is required to help us explore the full subtlety of these lifting-off techniques.