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figures in watercolor

July 16, 2010

Following up on that brush and ink session. Time to ‘free hand’ in watercolor – no sketching, no measuring – just go for it!!!

[watercolor from life. Three 5’s and a 15min]

I’ve been doing so much ballpoint and wash stuff latley,  I thought it was time to do another live session with just the brush. Drawing in watercolor like this – it helps you think  about the mass rather than the contour. I found it easier to see shadow shapes as a united form. It’s really fun to let the brush build the body out of a few smooth strokes – and just watch the tints pool into each other.  You can’t get all the fine detail of eyelashes or hair – but you see a solid figure in moments.

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