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Watercolor Portrait Of A Son: Beginner’s Guide To Portraiture

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Step 5: Shadows And Facial Features

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To add even more contrast, mix Burnt Umber, French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, and Cadmium Red Purple for a dark brown, then apply to the hair’s darker shadows. You can paint a few individual hairs here, and taper your brushstrokes for the best effect. For warmer tones, add a little Burnt Sienna to balance out the cool colors.

Next, switch to the no. 8 round brush, then use it to mix Burnt Sienna and Permanent Mauve, with a touch of Ultramarine and Cobalt Blue. Use this darker brown to paint details in the eye area, the eyebrows, ears, lips, and nose.

You can add more Cobalt Blue or Violet Light into the previous mixture to touch up the shadow areas, while toning down the highlights as necessary by giving it a diluted wash. In this step, try to make your values more descriptive, and add some contouring to hint at the facial muscles in this watercolor portrait.