This is a mixed media painting, I used once again one of my kids as a model (they seem to enjoy the process )
The figure is done with my usual layering ,then I used watercolors on the background and a tiny bit of gouache.
Vermillion is a naturally occurring pink-orange pigment also known as china red, because it was mined in China, I thought it was appropriate for this painting.
The paper is Arches hot press 140 lb which I am getting quite found of.
Step by step Watercolor Portrait painting tutorial : Vermilion
Here are a few pictures of the process.
My drawing on paper, basically just an outline of the most important shapes
First yellow layer, I used yellow Ocher and Lemon yellow
Detail of the face
Here I am adding the reds, one alizarin crimson and one medium red. For the blue and red colors I am working with 2 hues, one cold one and one warm one
Adding some blues, detail of the face
I used only yellow and red on the background, I am going to make the round shape in the background by painting around it with gouache mixed with blue watercolor
Painting the round shape negatively
I use some liquid mask for the center of the flowers
The finished painting
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