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Workshop: Overlaying Transparencies in a Watercolour Portrait with Amanda Webster

With your host John


Join watercolour artist Amanda Webster for this 2-3hr workshop webinar to learn how to paint effective portraits. You can also use one of your own, should you wish. ** Details below ** Broadcast live from England on 14 June 2022.


**See Reference photo and recommended materials below**


In this workshop, Amanda will demonstrate how to draw the face, how to start, how to relate distances between the features, achieving a likeness in pencil, ready for painting in watercolours.

Next you will learn how to apply a medium tone of paint to the features, then overlay coloured washes to achieve skin tone. Finally, touches of white gouache will be applied to the lights of the eyes if necessary.

Anyone is welcome to use their own photo reference or one from Amanda. See below.

Mid-workshop, we will take time to take a look at your own sketches/paintings for review and comment from Amanda (should you wish to share).

Example paintings

Reference photos (choose one of these, or use your own

Note: Amanda will use the photo of the girl looking out to sea. Printable references will be sent to you on email the day before.

Workshop painting:

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• PAPER: A4 or A3 watercolour paper - 300gsm, NOT surface

• PAINTS: Whatever you have that's similar - it doesn't have to be the same name.

Gamboge or any medium yellow, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose, Purple lake, Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine, Payne's Grey

• BRUSHES: Large wash brush for wetting the paper, small brush for details, medium brush (size 8) for features, 1" chisel brush and 3/4 oval brush for washes. Your favourite lifting out brush

• OTHER: Stiff board to lean on, 4B - 6B pencil and rubber, kitchen roll/tissue


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