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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials, and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years. I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them. Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book. Wish me luck……
5 Books Down, 106 to go….
Book: Putting People In Your Paintings, by Laurel Hart
Her best suggestion is to trace the images you’re trying to add, onto tracing paper, and indicate the lights and darks before you attempt the real thing.
I actually did that step. Not sure if it was worthwhile, but if you’re a beginner, it would be useful.
The tracing paper sketch
I used pencil, then pen for the final sketch, and the Bleedy-Pen (Elegant Writer) for the shadows. It turned out pretty well.
Book: People in Watercolor by Trevor Waugh
This style is waaaaay looser, but still very effective. His premise is that you don’t need much more than a silhouette to give the impression of people, and it works.
Pen sketch, with One color of watercolor added
Pen sketch, with multiple colors of watercolor added
Watercolor sketch, with pen added
I’m really enjoying this One-Page Series!