Pre-California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture™ homework Print each of the provided outline drawings on your home printer. Take note of the outside rectangular ruled border around each of the three outline drawings. They all are roughly the same ratio as an 11-inch by 15 inch, quarter sheet of watercolor paper. Each of the three outline drawings that you print are then enlarged so that the outside rectangular border rules measure roughly 11 inches by 15 inches. Utilize a plain paper-copying machine at your home, office, or copy service for this purpose. On a small copy machine that can only print on 8 ½ by 11-inch sheets of paper, you may have to make two copies that can be taped together for the final 11 by 15 inch enlargement. Most plain paper copiers at professional copy services can copy enlargements on 11 by 17 inch legal sized paper or even larger in some cases. Unless you or a copy service has what is called a “proportion wheel” or the calculation formula to figure out the percentage of enlargement, a trial and error copying method works just fine and will not consume a lot of your time and or money. I use the trial and error method! Note, that when you get your first enlarged 11 by 15 inch sized copy, it will show on the copy machine display panel as a percentage number (say something like 185%). Use that percentage number for ALL your other copies. Each of these final enlarged copies (all horizontally oriented) are then taped on a window during daylight hours or on a light table if you have one. A quarter sheet (11” X 15”) 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (professional grade watercolor paper only) is then taped on top of each
outline drawing so that each drawing fills up the quarter sheet. Use a soft office pencil to trace the outline drawings. Do two pencil tracings for each of the three exercises thus making for a total of six quarter sheets ready to paint during the workshop. When tracing, apply enough pressure on the pencil so that the completed tracing is not too light. Yes, the pencil lines will show up on the final watercolor, and that’s OK. The lines add energy to the painting! Again, all of the enlarged outline drawings should fit perfectly on horizontally oriented 11 inch by 15-inch quarter sheets of watercolor paper. Remember: we will paint only on professional grade paper! Bring your six traced quarter sheets to the workshop. Also, please enlarge the three reference photos on a plain paper copier so that they are approximately 8 by 10 inches in size. As you make these enlargements, you may need to adjust the exposure so they are not too light or too dark.
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LOBENBERG WATERCOLOR MATERIALS LIST * Paint: Student or professional grade (I highly recommend
using professional watercolors) tube watercolor paint such as Sennelier, Daniel Smith, Schminke, Holbein, Winsor Newton, etc. Colors: A bright lipstick red such as Opera, Permanent Rose, or Alizarin or Crimson Red, Cadmium red or Cad, Red light, Cad. Yellow and or Cad.Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue (or Peacock Blue), Manganese Blue Hue, plus any other bright colors that you might want to throw into this mix. * A #12 or #16 round watercolor brush. I suggest a combination natural and synthetic hair. Don't go too cheap!...this size brush is a real workhorse. * A ¾ inch wide flat watercolor brush. * A soft graphite drawing pencil (can simply be a soft Ticonderoga office pencil). * Two to three sheets of 140lb. Arches (or any other Professional grade – I like Fabriano extra white) cold press watercolor paper (NOT cold press rough!). We will be painting on quarter sheets (11 by 15 inches). * A good size rectangular plastic palette with paint wells around the outside and a good size mixing area in the inside. The palette should measure about 10"x16". There are various manufactures of these palettes, but they are all around this size and configuration. * Half to one-inch wide 3M blue painter’s tape or any other masking tape that can keep out water but will not harm the watercolor paper when pulled off (only if you want straight edges around your painting when you are done). * A box of Mr. Clean (Original) Magic Erasers. *One big round straw or big round Flexi Straw. *One stick of white conte crayon. * A roll of absorbent kitchen paper towels, absorbent cloth or sponge to soak up extra water on your brush. *Something to hold about a quart of water. I love Mijello brand water bucket that holds a liter of water. DON’T and DO when taking your California Vibe Watercolor ™ painting reference photograph.
Suggested for more advanced watercolor portrait artists only. For all others, I will provide the reference photos. One of the keys for painting a successful California Vibe Watercolor Portrait™ is to take a very dramatic, portrait reference photos to work from. Please stay away from taking photos of young children, as their rounded facial structure can be very difficult to paint. Here are two images that represent the DON’T and the DO when taking your photographs (I used my smart phone). The photo on the left was taken in a flat, nondramatic lighting situation and with the time-worn “Say cheese” pose that we have all seen a million-plus times.
It adds up to a big, fat DON’T! The second photo, however, was shot with both dramatic lighting across the face and at a different-than-expected viewing angle. This all adds up to a super duper DO! Starting out with a dramatic photo reference, makes for an eye-grabbing California Vibe Watercolor Painting.