I've had some practice drawing portraits in graphite, and I've had lots of practice drawing portraits in acrylic/oil paints, but watercolour still intimidates me. It's challenging to not only try to get the tone right, but there's also colour muddling the whole thing up. While all of that is happening, there is the underlying pressure that many people feel with watercolour: you cant just paint over a mistake.
Except that isn't exactly true. You can't tell, but there was a point in this sketch when I'd placed her eye just a little bit too high above her nose and it looked perfectly normal but not true to what I was seeing. It bugged me. But even on this thin, drawing paper I was still able to wipe it off and start again. It seems that you can, in fact, paint over a mistake even in watercolour.
Truth is, I used to draw people all of the time. A lot of what I paint, is human-centric but with all the humans replaced with other animals and bugs and things. I rarely take photos of myself and don't necessarily want to paint myself either. For this practice, I used a stock photo from Deviantart. It took me as long as whatever is the running time in Die Hard, ha ha ha.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?