Recently I purchased the new fall Schmincke Pan Watercolor Set at Wet Paint. This contains different colors than the one I purchased in the spring, added colors to, and then took to the Minnesota State Fair.
While recovering from bronchitis I had some time on my hands so I decided to make a color chart using portraits of the same person. I selected one of the muses from the Sktchy App who had a ton of photos to work from, and who had a beard (because you know I love to draw and paint beards).
To discuss my approach to testing these colors I have created a downloadable PDF. Click on the following link to access the five page PDF.
The PDF includes an explanation of my process as well as the two versions of the chart above. I discuss why I made certain choices, and why I’m going to remove some colors, and continue testing others. I hope that you find it interesting and helpful in planning your own color explorations.
I have made the following short video to demonstrate tape removal from the chart. If the embedded video doesn’t run please click on this link to view the video in YouTube.
Just for fun I’m including details of each portrait. These are only 2 x 2 inches in real life so the detail images aren’t going to blow up that much. I still thought it might be interesting for you to see the light pencil sketches loosely made, visible in some of the images. (I used a 2B lead in a lead holder.)
One of the criteria important to me in this test is that I worked loosely and quickly. Part of the underlying reason for this is that I wanted to get a lot done in a limited amount of time, but also I wanted to work loosely because my eyes really don’t work at this scale any longer! (The gallery thumbnails below don’t line up corresponding to the original chart because of the way the software orders and positions things in the blog window. They are numbered.)