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Art series: A luminous portrait, with Cindy Briggs. Four portrait classes in June '24.

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Learn how to capture dimension, illuminate and define your portraits in this watercolour art series. Paint along with pro artist Cindy Briggs. Join this four part art series via webinar in June 2024. Broadcasting live from the US.


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PART I: Dramatic Light & Shadow

Broadcasting Thursday 6 June '24 @ 3:30pm UK time


SUMMARY

First, we will review the package provided on photography, drawing and the power of light and shadow.


Then we will create a simple value study with pencil. For a watercolour warm up, we will create a one colour value study using Permanent Brown or Burnt Sienna.


During this lesson you will discover how to manage your watercolour consistency for control of your values, plus blending, glazing and mingling techniques. Cindy will also point out the importance of lost and found edges and how to create them.


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PART II: Skin tones and Eye details.

Broadcasting Tuesday 11th June '24 @ 3:30pm UK time


SUMMARY

We will start with simple skin tone watercolour mixes. A chart is provided for further exploration of colour mixes. The art of painting watercolour eyes takes some focus.


Understanding some essential details will help you create luminous eyes that sparkle with life. Cindy will take you through step-by-step so that each portrait you paint will be enhanced with radiant eyes.


To finish this session we will paint the underpainting (first layer) of the portrait.


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PART III: Layering up colours

Broadcasting Tuesday 18th June '24 @ 3:30pm UK time


SUMMARY

Layering up colour, we will start to develop the form with blended colour. Paying attention to dramatic and subtle value changes we will capture the features of the face with some unexpected reflective colour and light.


You will discover how the contours of the nose, the form of the lips and the details of the eyes are the most meaningful parts of the portrait.


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PART IV: Finishing and Finessing

Broadcasting Tuesday 25th June '24 @ 3:30pm UK time


SUMMARY

With features to fine-tune, we'll finish up the portrait adding details and layers of colour. For a painterly approach, we'll adjust our lost and found edges, finesse some of the details, and finish before we go too far.


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Recommended materials

• Fabriano 100% Cotton 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper.

NOTE: This paper will be taped onto a water resistant board using Holbein Soft Tape.

• Mijello 18 Well Watercolour palette

• Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolours: I suggest you fill your palette and let it dry prior to painting for easier control. My main select colours for this demonstration are: Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Permanent Brown, Quinacridone Rose, Cobalt Blue, optional: Phthalo Yellow Green, Lavender.

• I use a simple mechanical pencil for drawing and kneaded eraser for softening my lines.

• Prior to my demonstration, (Optional) for the highlights in the eyes and some of the hair strands, I’ll use Fine Line Masking Fluid Pen, Supernib-Fine Tip size 20 gauge.

• A rubber cement pickup will be used to lift the masking fluid.

• My favorite brushes are the Dynasty Black Gold 311 Quill Size 0/2/4 - it’s about the size of a size 10 Watercolor Brush.


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