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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 15: How To Paint A Jacket

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Determine the values of the jacket, and mix the local color first: Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Deep, Aureolin, and Cadmium Yellow Orange for a tan color, then use the size 12 round brush to paint any mid and dark tones on the jacket. Soften the edges and avoid white areas, and use loose brushstrokes as you don’t want too much detail on the jacket. Add more Cadmium Yellow Orange and Red Deep for darker shadows, then Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue for even darker shadows around the shoulder and arm. Soften these shadows as well, then let the paint dry.