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How To Paint The Female Face In Watercolors

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This is a wonderful speed painting portrait of a young woman which really captures the elegance and subtleties of the face.

The artist uses a variety of round and fine watercolour brushes throughout the painting and begins with a medium round brush to highlight the tones around the eye and nose region. The portrait is lightly sketched out beforehand to ensure maximum effort on the actual watercolour painting and minimise the amount of time spent correcting and reworking key areas.

With the small fine tip watercolour brush she begins to outline the iris and the white of the eyes to immediately draw structure within the portrait. The benefit of the fine detail brush is its ability to construct and build up areas of a painting very quickly and instantly bring it to life. This is a slightly unorthodox approach of using the detail brush so early on in the painting but in this artist’s case she is very confident with the paintbrush and the features like the eyes and nose are achieved very quickly. The tones and color palette she has used are very complimentary to one another so it is clear that she is very aware and respectful of the subtle fleshy tones the human skin retains.

Notice how the artist uses a crimson confidently to contrast against a more neutral tone like pale ochre to really accentuate the areas which need to be brought to the foreground. Once the details of the eyes and nose have been accomplished it is time for the medium round tipped brush to once again take to the watercolour paper to cover larger areas of flesh around the lips and left hand cheek. The brush is loaded with water and the desired watercolor and applied generously creating a bleeding effect very unique to this artist’s style of work. She allows the brush to flow across areas in a manner which is very deliberate and instantly creates a textural feel within the portrait. Her painting technique is exciting, fresh and very contemporary and the choices of colors are less earthy, and deliver a more vibrant composition.

With the medium brush she applies dabs of purple, blues and greens to the paper and allows the watercolors to merge organically and generate a semi-accidental fusion of colors. She then builds on these colors with a similar technique which gradually builds depth within the painting. The artist then brings out a selection of pens to add highlights and even finer contrast lines to emphasize areas such as the reflection within the eyes and the small shadowed regions around the lip and cheek bones. The use of black paint which she applies to the paper to form the hair brings the portrait into a new dimension and highlights all the vibrancy of the watercolours used earlier to create her exquisitely painted face.

This is a fine watercolour tutorial to learn from with respects to where to begin when undergoing a watercolour portrait and also how the brushes can be used quickly and effectively to accentuate the many features which make up the human face. The use of a highlight pen within a watercolour painting is a more contemporary method but is certainly not one to be overlooked as it can add fantastic fine detailing to create a beautiful sense of realism. So reach for your watercolor brushes and see if you can imitate some of the painting techniques you have learned from the video.

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  1. I’m pretty sure that art is open to criticism regardless of your opinion. I kind of think that’s the beauty of it. You can like what you want and dislike what you want, it’s completely up to yourself what does and doesn’t constitute art.

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  2. clj1515ify says:

    it’s funny i actually came just for the painting and later learned from reddit that this video was the one with the tree rage comment. Any ways I just wanted to say your art is incredible and i love how loose you can be and yet so detailed in concentrated areas on your piece. IAMA huge watercolor fanatic and absolutely love your style. I’m a teenager in highschool trying to develope my style still and people like you who have such a gorgeous style that you made your own are really inspiring thx

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  3. Absolutely mind blowing and beautiful. I love your unique style, and the fact that your painting seems to tell a story, one that’s left open to the viewer…<3 When I see this it seems like there are droplets of rain down hair face, her hair is strewn about from the wind, and her eyes show sadness while her expression shows worry. Like shes running after her soul mate, and he doesn't even look back at her...

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  4. Alain Castel says:

    Agnescecile, I love you work always have, you have a unique style, Could you please give me the name of your white pen your using . And also the bloc watercolors, this would help me tremendously. Since I do try to paint with running watercolors..Thank you dear Alain

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  5. Use more water, shading is key. You start off with very light subtle colors. As the painting gets more dynamic you make the colors darker. And to blend colors after they dry on the paper, just add water. Water is key to water color my friend! You have to learn how to manipulate it what way you want it!

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  6. TheNaoCat says:

    Now THIS is art! Real honest to god beauty being portrayed, celebrating human form and its aspects in a way that even the old masters would approve of! None of that splashing around, calling it art and selling for insane amounts bullshit for me ty.

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  7. What paints do you use? Whenever I use water colours they seem to dry too quickly to blend like yours do. Got any advice on using water colours to get similar effects to your work?I really do love this style though. Very good stuff. Some of Lora Zombie’s stuff is similar-ish in style and quite good too.

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  8. SoraXKokiri says:

    YeahI also commented on that: her left eye is a bit downright than the right one, and the forehead part that connects with the eyebrows at the left is also too large…anatomically speaking, it is a little flawed, but artistically, it´s precious :)

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  9. you need to know something, you are so amazing talented. just 1 paint of your honestly just made me a fan or YOUR art. i never seen this before but this honestly so beautiful. just subscribed, and i WILL be watching more and thank you for inspiring me.

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  10. namoroman666 says:

    @abtnymd you have to spend money to make it the saying goes and I frikin spent a ton of it! but hard work pays off because i ended up finding the method that pays better than any job. but im not greedy so if you serious about trying have a look here >>> bit.ly/QZUZmN?=hjcyo

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  11. Your work always makes me feel so out of place and distant. Like there’s some secret to being a part of life I haven’t figured out. But it’s a good thing. Like the people you paint are in a whole different world.I could go on forever trying to describe it.

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  12. It’s all about perception and drawing with the right side of your brain. Nothing hard rly just that people thinks it’s hard, check professor Betty Edwards books. The hardest step after learning to draw though is what colours to use and use own proportions.

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  13. F***, this is amazing. Really, REALLY wanna learn how to use water colours this well! Because I’m more of a pencil drawer my self but this really makes me wanna get good at water colour, heheAnyways, amazing! Give me your painting knowledge

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  14. Cillous says:

    I had a similar problem in the beginning but if you search for something you want to draw and then simply take a lot of time drawing each part separetaed it can be a great help. And mostly its about how much effort you put in it. You can’t have a big change in 2 or 3 days.

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  15. onlybooks says:

    Такое живое лицо! Это самое необычное искусство которое я видела за последнее время. Сам процесс создания поразителен. Эта акварель, растекающаяся как капли дождя и навевающая мысли о проходящем… И смерть и жизнь в одно объединились. Не знаю как часто вам говорят, но этот рисунок бесценен. Первую минуту смотрела как завороженная.

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  16. The ‘white pen thingy’ is erm… a white pen! lolForm the lid and what little I can see of the label it looks like a Uniball Signo. I’m guessing UM-100 as it’s too thin for a UM-153 which is mostly used for writing. HTH :)

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  17. Actually you just need something with a sharp point, as the paint still has not dried, you can just drag the sharp pointed object across the paper and it will leave tracks and reveal the whiteness of the paper underneath. Most artist prefer a pen shaped thing to do this because it feels familiar to us.

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  18. Pencilwania says:

    ive been watching your videos for so,so long.. but i still dont understand how you can make it look so realistic but still make it look so easy! gaahhh,i would looove,love to see a real tutorial when u talk about some technuiques, even though you obviously need alot of “feeling” for this:)

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  19. Chloe Alblas says:

    It looks similar to a Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen, I use it often in graphite portraiture and it gives great lines. The tip is far more precise than white-out pens, and the ink is easy to control. And they’re cheap. It may not be what is used in this video, but it’s still a great alternative.

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  20. mintxcherry3 says:

    ah yeah, last time i looked for white ink, the people from the art supply store told me it didn’t exist or that they’ve never heard of it LOL man i wish there were another way than ordering things from a diff. continent x_x oh well, thanks for the tip, i’ll probably end up buying it online x.x

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  21. Daze Hooves says:

    Those 54 people are just jealous.They would still hang it in their living room no matter what.If they don’t I’ll tickle them until the lose consciousness, and then they faint.After that I will get that painting and hang it in their living room.If they don’t have a living room, I will hang it on their bedroom.If they don’t have a bedroom, I will tattoo it against their skin.

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  22. استغفر الله العظيم وأتوب إليهلا اله الا الله..الله أكبرسبحان الله وبحمده.. سبحان الله العظيم عدد خلقه ورضا نفسه وزنة عرشه ومداد كلماتهاللهم صلي على سيدنا محمد..صلى الله على محمد صلى الله عليه وسلمForgiveness from Almighty God and repent to HimNo god but Allah .. God is great

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  23. Oh okay, I can see that you can’t wrap your dumbfuck mind around the fact that what you said was actually pretty ambiguous, so you were probably just trying to be funny. A lot of idiots on youtube make s*** jokes like that just to try and get the top comment. It’s all right.

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  24. dario621000 says:

    Qualsiasi cosa? Bè fai la cosa più semplice che c’è: incomincia a disegnare.Il talento è utile ma la voglia, la determinazione e l’intelligenza conducono molto più lontano. Scusa ma non so scrivere in inglese usa Google translate per la traduzione. Ciao

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  25. RIIDERONE1 says:

    you are so intelligent/genous to use the colers when yo do-I’d pay$Wish I could of understood more of were you think ,I am an artist inthat I fallow all Arts-maybe one day with my words and you-we can create something to give to admirers/always open to work!-VAL

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