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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 7: How To Paint A Hat

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Paint the hat next. Determine your light and dark values, then mix up a canvas color: Yellow Ochre and Cadmium Yellow Orange for the hat’s “local color” (i.e. base color). Paint in the light tones first, avoiding highlighted areas and painting around where the insignia appears. For mid tones, add Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue for a cooler and darker value. Pay close attention to the way the hat folds and creases. You can add different blues to the canvas color for a variation in the shadows, and for the darkest areas, mix in more purple by adding Alizarin and Ultramarine Blue, and a touch of Cadmium Yellow Orange to dull it down. Lift out any highlights if necessary. Switch to the size 12 brush to cover bigger areas, then add in Yellow Ochre for a more neutral tone, using it for the reflected light found at the back of the hat.