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Watercolor Autumn Portrait Tutorial by jane-beata Watercolor Autumn Portrait Tutorial by jane-beata
Promised tutorial about realization of "Autumn" painting. This was so far the most time consuming tutorial to write, I really hope it helps. Enjoy (:
I gifted the original painting to my dear friend `SRaffa :heart:



:bulletpurple:Please note that this might not be the most perfect or proper way of how to approach watercolor painting, it is merely an explanation how I worked.

Your comments, feedback, tips, questions are welcome :heart:



▲ final work:





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DopeHat6 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
Wow I honestly cannot thank you enough for this watercolor tutorial! It's very well done! :) I've been sketching portraits my whole life but have only just gotten into using watercolor and I'm in love but I feel I need a few tips! I have been wanting to paint for like a year now and struggled to find real inspiration.. This tutorial along with all of your other amazing work has seriously inspired me big time. Thank you so much! <3
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Nadab Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love you for your tutorials, you must be a really nice person. Thank you Hug 
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dustfae Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Thanks so much for sharing this! I am trying to learn watercolor after years of working with oils and acrylics. Having a really rough time! I'm sure this will be a big help!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope it will :)
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imclod Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! Thanks for the insight :)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great to see the origins of what's become an old friend of mine! :iconiloveit-plz:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The painting couldn't be happier to call itself yours :heart:
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zidaria Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful art and beautiful tutorial! I love how you designed this tutorial! :heart:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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NatalieZart Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Stunning piece and a great, very clear and easy to understand article. Thank you so much for creating and sharing it!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure, thank you for taking a look :)
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roren001 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
I love your work, so this is awesome. What or how do you usually mount your finished work? Framed? Leave it natural?
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Usually I frame my work behind glass for exhibitions but if I'm selling it abroad, I leave it natural due to transport, the buyer than frames it himself.
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roren001 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Thank you.
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veritaaequita Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time. Its a beautiful painting. 
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Douce-Amertume Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Awesome… :) :rose:
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oomff Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Thank you.
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Gsekaria Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Hi..thank you for the tutorial..i paint as a hobby and am a big fan of your artwork :)I tried painting a portrait of my friend using the technique in your timebomb speed portrait video..i find it difficult toget the diffused texture for the background...and also i find that the paper absorbs the color too quickly...how do i correct these?
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
With textures it's tricky, you can never get it exactly as you wish, there is a huge "accident factor" there - but once you spend certain time playing with watercolor washes, you will be able to control the final look up to a great extent. It's the amount of water you use and how you soften the edge of each wash that effects how it dries and how the pigment is distributed in the end.

As for paper absorbing color quickly, I'm not sure if you use the right kind. Some papers are more thirsty than others, my portrait was done on a very smooth and relative thin paper (230g) that requires only a thin wash to create quite a nicely looking transparent texture.
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vonvonz Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for sharing!
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santiagogciamty Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Photographer
thanks!
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alankrita-sweetstar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just so you know, this is one of the best watercolour tutorials I've ever come across! Thank you so much! This is very helpful for a watercolour beginner like me!
^_^
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here
Consider giving the article a :+fav: :heart:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you (:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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MariStar1-KHR Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a nice tutorial!! :heart: Your artwork is very beautiful and amazing! :love:
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Hello, you've been featured as part of the article Celebrating Diversity #9 :la:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
How wonderful, thank you very much :dalove:
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome :huggle:
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fmr0 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Thanks for sharing!
Great tutorial and beautiful painting!! :heart:
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Buho01 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial, very useful
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Jovigirl666 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
This is amazing thank you.
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iamsobizarre Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is beautiful!
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birdsivu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a brilliant tutorial. You have laid in out in a beautiful manner and make it look so amazing easy. No one can do it like you! I love the vivid colors you placed around the face, the wetness in her eyes and the moisture of her lips. It is exquisite.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I hope the tutorial is understandable (:
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birdsivu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Meant to say, amazingly easy!
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing! It was a great refresher, not just for watercolor, but for acrylics, too!
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Sabasti Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   General Artist
I love the whole layout of this tutorial. And then, of course, the tutorial itself is amazing. Next stop, YouTube! Ok, just got back... This one is not on your channel... :( Anyway, still love your work. Big fan.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, ever since I brought new camera I haven't made a video - still need to purchase a tripod for it.
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After--Life Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow, that's so cool seeing how you do it. I never learned how to do watercolours properly (I used them like acrylics ^^;)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes that's what I did earlier too, even on canvas, with them! Terrible :D
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Another great tutorial! I am curious how you keep your paint from running out of your designated lines in your sketch? Is it just from practice or is there some trick to it? This is where I seem to have the biggest problem with watercolor.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember paint used to run away from my lines when I was starting, due to inappropriate brush and the use of school watercolors (they contain very little pigment, needed a lot of water and were drying for ages). Natural hair brush holds just enough water not to make your painting a river but you need to use the right size - mostly I'm using no.4 and 2 for smaller paintings. I find it easier to control a small brush than a pencil or pen, you don't need to use pressure. Of course it also takes practice, but I clearly remember grabbing much more control over watercolor the moment I bought good brushes.
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ahh that could have very well been my problem then. I used to use very cheap brushes back in the day. These days I have some which are fairly good quality so I'll need to have a try with those and see how it goes.. perhaps I will take a liking to watercolors if I am able to use them correctly! I really appreciate your help with this! :heart:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Any time, really (: I was thinking of it today, and it's true that your brush is your best friend and a magic wand, no matter what paints you use, brush is always your most personal tool.
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've always been quite poor so I usually make due with cheap stuff but a few years back I had the opportunity to invest in some good brushes and some quality acrylic paints and I LOVED the difference it made, though I still can't afford enough good supplies on my own right now. Someday!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gosh that's the biggest problem of traditional artists, supplies cost so much, and if you live somewhere far from bigger city, you need to order online and pay shipping. Sable watercolor brushes are insanely expensive, but the good thing is it depends on their size. Buying a small brush and working on small paper allows to learn watercolor without wasting too much money (: (My lucky no.4 Tobolsky-Kolinsky Maestro brush cost me about 15 $, bigger sizes I still use combined sable/synthetic brushes)
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Indeed! I am loaded down with colored pencils and acrylic paints and pastels of various sorts (though I only like oil pastels) and I have airbrush supplies at my disposal as well but using the airbrush with a little one running around is always difficult so I've not done that in nearly 3 years.. but yeah.. traditional art can be very expensive :faint:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yet, would you give up on it, I rather work twice as much to invest back into equipment. I have a thing for art supplies, the day I get to go downtown to buy new ones (about once per 2 months) is like a Holy day for me, I dress up for it and everything..You wouldn't see me buying fashion or shoes but oh the money I am able to give out for watercolor, ink, brushes and paper! :D
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