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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 6: Techniques For Painting Highlights & Shadows

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Keep adding details and color to the shadows and highlights, touching up whenever you need and switching to the scrubber brush to create highlights more easily. The important part is to get the shapes of the shadows right. You can add more color under the glasses and eyes, then add more Alizarin Crimson and paint a thin shadow where the hat meets the head. Remember to round the edge by softening the shadow with a clean wet brush, and if you decide to paint another layer of paint, make sure the surface is damp before doing so, unless you want the paint to have a hard edge.