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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 12: Techniques For Painting Realistic Ears

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Mix a reddish-purple hue using Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue, then paint the shadow of the ear. Soften the edges where the surface is round, but don’t overwork the ear as it’s not the focal point of the portrait. You can add some yellow for a warmer tone in places where some light hits the ear to give it more depth, and use a more saturated purple mix for the darkest parts of the ear.

For his hair that peeks out from underneath the hat, use the purple mix, and add Cadmium Yellow Orange, Burnt Sienna, and some Sepia to make a dark brown before scumbling paint on to get the texture of close-cropped hair. His hair gets darker and less detailed at the back due to shadow, so as you move back, scumble less while mixing more paint in.