15 November 2010

The days darken round me

Back to the watercolours for this portrait. I loved painting the skin tones of this chap - lots of very thin washes, building up some rich tones. The shadows were interesting too - very definite cast shadows along with softer 'form' shadows indicating how the planes of the face turn. I wasn't sure about the title - but he looks like he's contemplating something with a certain amount of worry...

Watercolour, quarter sheet (15" by 11"). Reference photo by chilombiano on morguefile.


  1. He does look worried. Makes me wonder about the origins of the reference photo? I bet your portrait would bring a smile to his face. People like empathy.

  2. Maybe it would Linda. There's no clue in the ref photo, it's just a head and shoulders shot. But it's the kind of picture that makes you wonder what the subject's thinking.


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