Welcome to our second online watercolor project. To finish off our study of animals and fur we wanted to work from our own photographs instead of copying someone's painting. So here are the steps for how you can do this at home.
Create an Accurate Tracing of the Photograph
What you'll need:
A window with a lot of light coming through
Color and Black and White copy of your photograph
After you finish creating your tracing, transfer your image onto your watercolor paper. I will use hot press paper for this painting since it's relatively light in value and so I can get all the tiny details correct without having to worry about the texture of the paper. Remember hot press paper doesn't absorb the paint as deeply as cold press, so an image with dark values or needing many layers of paint, is not the best choice for hot press.
So here is little Scout all finished up. I went a little crazy with the dark background but I like how it really brings him and his wild hair, especially around his ears and neck, to the forefront. I hope you enjoyed this video series. Be sure to check in again for the next painting project I put online. Happy Painting!!