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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 2: Techniques For Painting Skin

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Make sure the space where you mix your colors on your palette is clean before mixing a batch of skin color with the Fibonacci size 12 brush: Aureolin yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and a little Cadmium Red Deep. It should be a dark peach color. Then, paint the tip of the nose, the shadow around the eyebrows and eyes, and the cheeks. Leave highlights (where the light is hitting directly onto the face) white. Before the paint dries, use a clean size 6 brush and some water to soften the edges of the shadow. This is called a “turning edge”, where you make objects appear round by making the transition from dark to light more gradual.