Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Simple Self-Portrait in Watercolor

Jeanette, age 11


As in the Simple Self-Portrait in Pastel Tutorial, this tutorial is also very open-ended. For this lesson I only assisted students when they asked for help because I wanted to see what they would come up with on their own.

Begin by tracing the template below on to an A4 or A3 watercolor paper lightly in pencil. Templates are available in the downloads section.


Draw in a few details to the eyes, ears, mouth and nose in pencil. Watercolor pencils can be used at this point if the student has any. Set up your watercolor paints and water containers. Paint the face as desired and leave to dry. Load the brush with water and pigment and paint the background keeping the paper very wet. Sprinkle some table-salt on to the background for a beautiful effect. I give the option of outlining the portrait with a black marker pen. Xoxo Quaymberley.