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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 4: Techniques For Painting Shadows On Skin

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For the face’s core shadow, add more Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue for a darker and cooler color for the part where the face turns into shadow. You can paint over the ear, hair, and the back of the head (the darkest area). Details will be worked in later. Make sure to soften where the back of the head meets the hat, and where dark meets light. If you’re not sure about your colors, you can look at different pictures of Roosevelt to get an idea of his complexion and the colors of the clothes he wore.