I did this watercolor portrait in my little moleskine watercolor book. And look! No black lines! There’s something new. As much as I love my Microns, I was beginning to feel a little too dependent on them. All of those solid black lines Iwas using were beginning to feel more like a safety net than an a tool for expression. I’ll have to work out how I feel about that.
I was inspired by Canadian arist Jean Pederson‘s book Expressive Portraits. She uses the wet glazing technique where you use transparent colors and layer them on wet paper instead of waiting for each layer to dry completely. She shows how you can make gorgeous skin tones using this technique. Here is a link to Jean’s portrait gallery.
I have so far to go, but this is a great start. I’m definitely focusing on learning more about how to make striking portraits in watercolor.