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Paint a smiling face and draw cheeks with watercolor [blue 2/5]

Premise

Hi everyone, I am going to use watercolors to paint the lady which I've drawn from the first post. This post will be the second of five posts. If you want to learn how to draw her, please go to the first post, then come back here to paint her. The next tutorials will create her standing board and handcraft her three dimensional party dress and accessories.

YOU WILL NEED

  1. A set of 12 – 16 watercolours. You will learn how to blend the correct colours
  2. A watercolour palette
  3. A number 0000 (4/0) round brush. Try to get the smallest round brush, as it’s really helpful to draw the fine line on her and her face details.
  4. A number 0 round brush 
  5. A No. 4 flat brush (optional)
  6. Some containers for watercolour painting, whatever you have
  7. Some kitchen paper. It’s a good idea to dry your watercolour brushes when they are too wet.
  8. Some tissue paper. It’s a very good tool to draw the highlight areas.

Practice

1. Paint skin parts

Step one, blend the right colour for her skin and then test it on the side paper. Repeat the process until you are happy with it.
[Skin colour]: orange, lemon yellow, red and white

When the brush has a rich pigment, I will start to paint the shadow areas or paint her from the edge of the body parts. After that, gradually add a little bit of water to dilute, then paint in the areas with higher brightness.

Drawing, Painting and Handcraft art: paint a lady wearing a pink slip dress with watercolor [2/5] -- paint her skin parts

About the highlights, get a brush to wash away the colour from it if it had some pigments. Paint clear water on the highlighted area and use the tissue paper to pad dry that area. It’s better to shape the tissue paper into the highlighted shape that you want. Then, dab the tissue paper on it.

Drawing, Painting and Handcraft art: paint a lady wearing a pink slip dress with watercolor [2/5] -- process highlight areas

In the end, add a little bit darker colour into the skin colour and paint on the dark skin areas. Use this method to complete all parts of her skin areas.

Drawing, Painting and Handcraft art: paint a lady wearing a pink slip dress with watercolor [2/5] -- paint shadow areas

2. Paint slip dress and shoes

Step two, blend the right colour for her slip dress and test it on the side paper. Repeat the process until you are happy with it.
[slip dress and shoe colour]: light blue and cobalt blue

From my design, I will keep the upper edge of her dress and the middle of her shoes white. Please follow your design to paint her dress and shoes.

When the brush has a rich pigment, I will start to paint the shadow areas or paint the edge of her dress. After that, gradually add a little bit of water to dilute the paint, then paint in the areas with higher brightness.

Drawing, Painting and Handcraft art: paint a lady wearing a pink slip dress with watercolor [2/5] -- paint her slip dress

In the end, add a little bit darker colour into her dress colour and paint on the shadow areas. About the highlights, clean the brush and paint clear water on the highlighted area and use the tissue paper to pad that area.

Use this method to complete all parts of her dress and shoes.
All right, I will paint some grey colour in the middle of her shoes. Please feel free to paint your own.

Drawing, Painting and Handcraft art: paint a lady wearing a pink slip dress with watercolor [2/5] -- paint her shoe

3. Paint her face details and hair

Here are some photos to show you that I tested and failed in drawing her face. Any experiments that I have done are very good chances to improve my drawing.

Drawing, Painting and Handcraft art: paint a lady wearing a blue slip dress with watercolour [2/5] -- test drawing faces

Let’s start to paint her face. After some test drawing, I figure out that the number 0000 round brush is a very helpful tool for me to draw her face details.

Blend the right colours to paint her nose and ear details.
Then, draw her lips and put dark red at both ends and draw a little bit highlights. After that, draw her cheek on both sides. Then, wash the brush, and paint clear water on highlights. After that, use the tissue paper to dry the areas.

After that, draw her eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows. At this moment, I am going to improve the shadow areas on her face. Finally, paint her hair and put some details on it.

Drawing, Painting and Handcraft art: paint a lady wearing a pink slip dress with watercolor [2/5] -- paint her eyebrows

Payoff

At this moment we have almost done painting her. However, I like to make her look more three-dimensional, I am going to draw all edge lines around her. I am going to choose the same colours but a darker shade. This means of her skin, I will use her skin colour darkened, to draw her outlines. Also, her slip dress and shoes, I will use the dark colour of the dress to draw. In the end, use a darker colour shade of her hair to draw outlines as well.

I have almost done the watercolour painting. If the drawing edge lines are a too challenging thing for you, you can skip it or practice it on another piece of paper until you are happy with it, then you can come back to paint it later. 

Here, I am showing you what I have done. You can get the link below to send me your artwork. I am keen to see your great drawings. Also, if you give me your permission I hope I am able to share your artwork with other people on 3howto.com, let us learn drawing from each other.

Thank you so much for checking out this course and I hope that you enjoy this tutorial. I will share more interesting DIY courses with you. Please subscribe if you like this content, see you soon next time.

Sofia Price

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