So, we’ve made it to Day 2. I hope the condensed drawing information has been at least an interesting introduction to measuring your drawing. If it was a complete success, don’t start flying too high, yet. Watercolor loves to ground flying machines.
Let’s press on….. Today we begin by establishing some of the darkest darks of our drawing. I find this helpful in retaining some of the important parts of my drawing.
Paint Layer #1 -- Let’s start with a puddle of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson. I mix these two at about 60% Ultramarine Blue and 40% Alizarin Crimson. But 50/50 will work, so don’t fret about paint mixture percentages.
With this mixture I go in and re-state some of my main features and nail down important parts of my drawing. My paint consistency at this point (water + paint) is about like coffee. According to Joseph Zbukvic, with watercolor, consistency ranges from tea on the thin side, to coffee (a little thicker), then progresses to milk (thicker still), then to cream, and finally butter. Zbukvic says “Don’t confuse the color of tea, milk or butter with their relative consistency…”. We’re concerned with thickness, not color. Zbukvic’s book is titled "Mastering Atmosphere & Mood in Watercolor." I highly recommend it.
Here is my painting after I have completed the first application of paint.
Let your first layer of paint dry completely. (I hit mine with a hair dryer).
Paint Layer #2. – I start my next paint layer with a mixture of 90% Indian Yellow and 10% Burnt Sienna. This wash will go over the entire face. This means everything! We will preserve the hat and wild rag and deal with them as separate items.
So we wind up Day 2 with our painting looking something like this:
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