All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait
Step 18: Techniques For Finishing Your Portrait
Without overworking your painting, do any final touch-ups, including adding darker shadows on the epaulettes by using a more saturated version of the background’s color. Mix Payne’s Grey, Alizarin Crimson, and Ultramarine Blue, and lay in a wash of this color on top of the collar’s insignia to put it in shadow. You can also add in a little of this color into the hair, especially where it blends into the background. Finally, you can paint the cord that attaches Roosevelt’s glasses to his jacket, using the Lamp Black and lifting out paint right next to the cord to create the highlight for it. When you’re satisfied with the overall painting, let it dry completely before erasing any unwanted pencil lines with the kneaded eraser.