This is a watercolor portrait painting, in the same series as :
Tales of a lucky hat – Watercolor portrait painting demonstration with time lapse video
I painted this portrait by layering colors, waiting for the paint to dry in between layers. If you want a quick outline of the process you can watch the accelerated movie at the end of this post, if you want more technical details, I did write a demo here:
My drawing on Arches watercolor paper hot press 140 lb
I start by painting with blue ultramarine. I have my painting at a 30 degree angle so the paint will slide down on the paper but can still be controlled.
Now I start painting with Yellow ocher, I like this color for skin tones.
Still working on the yellow ocher layer, I let some drips fall down the paper.
Now I start adding red and various colors, I also brush off some paint in areas I want lighter with a stiff brush and lots of water.
.I paint the background with a watery mix of gouache and prussian blue watercolor.
I then splash with water and diluted watercolor. I remove unwanted stains with a tissue paper.
And here is the movie, a few days of painting in just 3 minutes!!