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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 16: How To Paint Clothes

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While you’re waiting, you can move back to the collar. Mix Ultramarine Blue, Payne’s Grey, and the indigo mix to paint the shadow of the collar. Use the size 6 brush to paint around the decorations, and where it folds, soften the edge where the shadow meets the light. Mix Cerulean and Ultramarine Blue for the top part of the collar, and darken it with indigo to blend it into the rest of the collar area. Add Payne’s Grey for an even darker shadow for the inner part of the collar, and use the same color for the shadow under the epaulettes. You can soften this shadow by adding Yellow Ochre to represent the reflected light coming from the jacket.