Watercolor Portrait Of A Son: Beginner’s Guide To Portraiture
Step 2: Proportions Of A Portrait
Prepare your watercolor paper by using masking tape to tape the edges to a piece of plywood, since this will help keep your paper as flat as possible. It also creates a clean border for framing purposes later.
Taking what you learned in the previous step, lightly sketch your portrait onto your paper. Adjust the proportions and shapes of the facial features according to your reference photo, and for hair, draw clusters instead of individual strands. Furthermore, keep your sketch simple, but be as accurate as possible. For the background and clothes, you can always change them so the focus remains on the face.
While drawing, don’t forget to block in the main shadow shapes on the face as well! This will help you separate the different values on the face, especially if your reference photo has such a high contrast like Bill’s photo of his son.
Below is a close-up of Bill’s sketch: