After a tutorial from my friend Jovan, watching watercolor tutorials on Youtube, and a couple of practices, I think I can say that my journey in watercoloring has progressed by leaps and bounds. I posted about my first attempt and then I tried to do a skull.

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I realized that I should sketch with a pencil first before I watercolor and I did that when I started on macarons.

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As you can see, there was some improvement. I became bold and decided to do portraits. When I was young, I had lessons in charcoal portraits and I assumed the lessons I learned then would come in handy. I also decided that I needed better quality of paint so I switched from student grade Royal Langnickel tubes to the professional and expensive Winsor and Newton Artist pans. After investing on a small Winsor and Newton pan, I said I was ready to dream big and do a portrait. I started with Victor of Corpse Bride.

Victor work-in-progress
Victor work-in-progress
Victor finished work
Victor finished work

Painting in monochrome from a charcoal painting background made the transition easier for me. So the next challenge is to do a watercolor painting in color. I decided that Vincent Van Gogh shall be my subject matter because I admire him (and that Vincent episode of Doctor Who).

Vincent Van Gogh work-in-progress
Vincent Van Gogh work-in-progress
Van Gogh finished work
Van Gogh finished work

It was a challenge because I based this portrait from his impressionist self portraits and black and white photographs of him. I think the face looks alright but I really need to work on how to paint clothing especially suits.

My most recent subject is Edgar Allan Poe. I only see black and white photographs of him so I decided to paint in monochrome again.

Edgar Allan Poe work-in-progress
Edgar Allan Poe work-in-progress
Poe finished work
Poe finished work

I say it’s not so bad. I think it looks like him anyway. I just really need to work on clothing.

I never imagined I would be so into watercolor. Before, I was thinking that the right medium for me is acrylic but lately acrylic intimidates me. Watercolor feels much much safer. My perception might be wrong. I’ll get into acrylics in the future but for now, it’s watercolor for me since I still have a lot to learn about it.

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