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

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Step 8: Adding A Basic Background

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As the painting nears completion, remember to keep stepping back to check the overall look of your watercolor portrait painting. In this instance, Bill thinks about what color to use for the background, and fixes the face by smoothing out some shadows with a wet brush.

Bill goes with a basic light gray background in the end, using his largest round brush (no. 20) and diluting his Neutral Tint before painting the white space behind his son. He uses the “wet-on-dry” technique again, but paints quickly to prevent the paint from streaking or puddling. He suggests working some of the background color into the hair since this will tie the whole watercolor portrait together, and like the clothing, you don’t have to cover all the white areas. As a result, the face will remain the main focus of your painting.