Warm Heart Watercolor

I was recently asked to illustrate the phrase "Malawi: the warm heart of Africa". Due to a quick deadline, I decided to bust out the watercolors.

I hadn't used watercolors in well over 5 years, so it was fun to revisit the medium. I'll take you through the process below.

I began with a rough sketch:

I then washed in the skin tone:

Starting with the eyes, I began to focus on the details. I also darkened the darks and added rich medium tones. I love to approach painting as a sculptor would--shaping and constructing the face with color:

Continuing with details, I focus on the nose and mouth. Finally, I work on the ears, shirt and add final highlights to complete the painting seen above:


Blogger Randy said...

Absolutely incredible!!! Josh, you are amazing!!


July 13, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Josh Cassidy said...

Thanks, Randy!

July 13, 2009 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Incredible Joshua!!! I L.O.V.E. it! Great to see a bit of the process you went thought to paint it. Can't wait until it's mine, all mine :))

July 22, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

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