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From Head Scarf to Siberia: Portraits in Gouache

Look how beautiful her teeth are! I think I spent more time on her teeth than anything else and actually, it was fun. The photo reference below is from the 30 days in Gouache and Watercolor series on Sktchy. I didn’t like the…

Woman with Headscarf, gouache, 10x8"
Woman with Headscarf, gouache, 10×8″

Look how beautiful her teeth are! I think I spent more time on her teeth than anything else and actually, it was fun. The photo reference below is from the 30 days in Gouache and Watercolor series on Sktchy. I didn’t like the warm color scheme or the teacher’s approach (Instagram link) so I went about it my own way, changing the background color and choosing a limited palette as you can see in the color samples above.

Below is my initial sketch and the reference photo.

Preliminary Sketch
Reference photo

Before I tackled the portrait above, I tried and failed repeatedly on the portrait below.

Failed portrait of Siberian woman, gouache, approx 10x8"
Siberian woman, gouache, approx 10×8″

I tried to follow along with the young, talented Siberian artist teaching the class whose painting technique (Instagram link) I loved. I think the problem was the flat lighting on the subject, which I find much harder to draw and paint than when there are shadows that create or delineate structure.

Here are two preliminary sketches and the reference photo. I didn’t get the head angle right in Sketch #1 so I started over.

Sketch #2
Sketch #1
Reference Photo

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