A true watercolour portrait

I’ve done a lot of pen and watercolour portraits lately, and I didn’t expect this portrait of my Instagram friend @Cudees to be any different. Because I really wanted to get the likeness right, I first drew it in pencil (normally I start with pen, to force myself not to dither and make tentative marks). Then I painted it. But when I picked up the pen to add the ink, the portrait very simply said “No!”. Yes, my paintings sometimes talk to me and tell me what they do or don’t want. That’s normal, right?

So I left this one as-is, and I think it’s the right decision. I really like how it turned out, and happily, so does she. It’s slightly larger that usual at 5×7″ because it was done in my sketchbook.


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