A Quick Portrait Sketch: Watercolor on Toned Paper

November 6, 2019
Quick color sketch of comedian Jack Dee. Strathmore 400 series Toned Mixed Media paper (tan); Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB; and Winsor and Newton tube watercolors used opaquely; Schmincke Titanium gouache in some mixes.





Read about the sketch in the caption. I was having a lot of fun working on this tan-toned paper from Strathmore. It’s their 400 Series Mixed Media Toned paper. At 184 lbs. it’s a great weight also for collage.

In the detail you can see I’m able to get streaky strokes of color because I’m using the paint opaquely. I added a little bit of white gouache to my brush as well and got that striped effect on the collar.

Why so much red on the face? Why not?! It was what I had out for paint on the palette and it still makes me smile when I look at it. (Also fun with stubble!)


Detail from today’s image.
    • Jane Jackson
    • November 7, 2019

    I enjoyed this sketch, it seems appropriate to give a comedian a red nose!

    1. Reply

      It does I suppose. I give a lot of people red noses for fewer reasons, in this one he just seemed flushed and the red was out!

    • Ellie
    • November 7, 2019

    Nice! Love the effects of the paint on the shirt and tie.

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much Ellie. (Do you prefer that to Eleanor?)

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