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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 13: Finishing The Hat

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Mix Alizarin Crimson, different blues, Payne’s Grey, and some of the indigo mixture and darken some of the hat’s shadows. Then, mix Aureolin and Yellow Ochre for a golden yellow, and paint the insignia (the crossed swords) on the hat. Don’t add too much paint so the details don’t get too dark and lost within the hat. Add Burnt Sienna and Umber for the insignia’s shadows, and indigo for the darkest shadow to make the details pop. You can use this same color to outline the pupil as well (use a small size 6 brush), making sure to avoid the reflected light in the eye. Add some of this color to the shadow at the back of the eye, under the eye, and under the eyelid to bring out the eye even more. In this way, you can continue adding depth to the hat and eyes until you’re satisfied.