"Fading" Watercolour painting, A4

Sennelier l’aquarelle watercolour pans on Arches smooth watercolour paper.
A4 (8.5Γ—11.5 inches).

Okay, so, I’m just going to say it. Ridiculous hair is so much fun to draw! πŸ˜€

Hair has always been one of those things that I’ve loved and hated at the same time. I’ve struggled with it since…forever and this is the first time I’ve really understood how to draw it. I go into a little more detail in the video if you’d like to learn more about that.

But anyways, after years of frustration and confusion, it feels so good to have some confidence (finally)!

What about you – is there something you’ve always struggled to draw/paint, that you now can?

And this is also the first time I tried painting a gradient in hair. And I reeeally liked it! It was actually done on a whim because I wasn’t happy with the colour of her hair at first. And so I added some pinks, then some blues and finally teal. They’re some of my favourite colours so it’s really no surprise I reached for them as I worked.

I’ve included the line work so you can see how everything looked before I painted her. This was done digitally and then printed onto watercolour paper with lightfast pigmented ink that’s also waterproof.

Digital line art.

And here’s the original sketch I did a month ago or so. The idea is there, but she changed a fair bit along the way. And that’s normal for the way my sketches go, they’re all about capturing an idea rather than drawing everything out perfectly. As a result, I have some very messy sketchbooks! But they’re filled with ideas for future paintings and drawings and that’s all that matters to me.

More elves! https://www.kathrynwhiteford.com/category/a-year-of-elves/


Hi, I’m Kat! An Australian artist who loves painting fantasy characters and illustrations.


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