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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 17: Finishing The Jacket

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Mix a bronze color next: Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Yellow Orange, Burnt Sienna, and a touch of Ultramarine and Cerulean Blue, then paint the shadow of the buttons and any embossed designs it has on its surface. Emphasize the shadows on the jacket and under the epaulettes using a mixture of some blues, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep, and the indigo mixture, then paint the pockets’ shadows. Get a good shape for any wrinkles on the jacket, and distinguish between pinched and rolled folds by softening the shadows of the rounded ones while leaving the crisp ones alone. Alternate between warm and cool shadows where it turns from light to dark, and deepen any shadows with a more saturated version of the same color (focus in particular on the shadowed arm).