Today’s post will demonstrate the application of only one wash. And this is very important: No single wash will propel your painting into something special like this phase of the process.
This wash consists of Burnt Sienna and Alizarin Crimson. These two colors serve as a basis for starting to build a lifelike flesh tone. This mixture can range from either end of its spectrum. However, the spectrum is rather compressed with only two colors.
Here is a small color swatch showing the range (with more water on the top row, and more pigment on the bottom row.) Try this mixture yourself on a separate piece of watercolor paper. Play with it for some time before you go for it on your painting.
Sample #1 leans more to the Alizarin Crimson side for a redder wash.
Sample #2 is a mixture of 50/50, and this is what I used on the demo.
Sample #3 leans more toward the Burnt Sienna. This is for a ruddier complexion.
You can adjust this mixture easily, by choosing which end of the spectrum you prefer. And here are some colors that mix well with this pair: Cadmium Yellow will warm your mixture a lot; Cadmium Orange will warm it, but not as much; and Indian Yellow is a good choice when you want less intensity.
So here we go….. I chose to paint around the eye and you’ll notice that on the jaw line, I feathered the wash where the form turns into the light by gradating the wash. This is where the limitations of a blog and photos make a demonstration tough. But do the best you can. It’s just our starting point.
At the rate we are going, we should wrap up our painting by next Wednesday or Thursday. I will take a breather tomorrow (Saturday) and give you an update on my “Anchor” post.
For those bored with this process, hang in there, and I’ll see you on Monday…. Change is coming!
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