In his video he keeps saying that you shouldn’t focus on color, but on tone while doing watercolor. It doesn’t matter if you mix a good skin-color as long as the tone and the contrast is good, it will be alright..
Well… I tried it.. With Miles Davis as a victim – and this is my first time with this approach (and also, it is hyper-loose, maybe it could have been a bit more precise) That considered, it think it turned out alright. I do have problems getting dark enough sometimes though. maybe it’s my watercolors that are not rich enough on pigment. I also tried avoiding using black. Perhaps it’s not a good idea..
Stilistically, I think it looks cool.. But maybe just a little bit too jazzy.. I suppose it’ll take a lot of experiments before I find the point between realism and abstraction that i like the most. I’ve been using stumbleupon a lot these last days, and have stumbled across a lot of cool paintings and drawings, but all in all, i think the work out there for the “popular demand” is a bit too generic and.. similar.. You see tons of those half-expressive colorful portraits, or watercolor-faces with “runny” eyes.. And while all that is cool, I think that it lacks a bit personality for the most part. Anyway – I’m not trying to make that kind of art.. If it ends up looking like it, it’s only a coincidence.. I promise 😉
Here‘s some more Miles Davis portraits