How to Paint a Black and White PortraitKelly Eddington Watercolors
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You’ll need black watercolor OR some other dark color like brown, purple, green, or blue, along with an opaque white paint (I used acrylic paint). I think beginners or advanced-beginners will learn a lot from this project.
This is a portrait of Daniel Day-Lewis, and I had a great time painting him.
Here's a tighter version of this project with Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul:
Is your reference photo way too light for something like this? Try painting it this way:
Learn about the color wheel here:
"Daniel Day-Lewis" is available as a print.
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Colors used in background: cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light, cadmium yellow medium, alizarine crimson, all by Old Holland. Black paint by Prang. White acrylic paint by Liquitex.
Paper: 9"x12" 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper by The Langton (paper is attached to the rest of the block/pad, so no need for tape).
Brushes: Yorkminster #5 round, Royal Loew-Cornell #6 round (destroyed), #1 American Painter 4000 round.
Preliminary drawing: 4H Derwent Graphic pencil.
Palette: Eldajon from Jerry's Artarama
Nail polish: Nicole by O.P.I. in Boys ‘n’ Berry. :)
Music: "Groove Grove" and "Pale Rider" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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