Learn How to Paint Accurate Shadows in Watercolor Portraits

October 25, 2019 1 min read

Portrait painting is both a complicated and wonderfully rewarding subject matter for painting watercolor. Shadows are an important part of any painting but maybe especially so when it comes to portraits.


In this clip from her video workshop Painting Watercolor Portraits: A Simple Approach From Photo to Finish, Jan Kunz shows you how to get the right color and value for your shadow. She mixes a puddle of watercolor pigment and makes sure it’s greyed down a bit before testing it on a scrap paper. Once she knows it’s the correct value, she can add it to her portrait of her model where she thinks about her edges and shows you how to lift out a bit of reflected light.


Learn more about painting portraits in watercolor by checking out Jan Kunz’ Painting Watercolor Portraits: A Simple Approach From Photo to Finish.

 




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