Hello, Little Birdie Crafts Friends! How are you? It’s Janus here sharing with you this watercolor illustrations I painted on Little Birdie Crafts Handmade Art Journal.
I started my traditional art journey with calligraphy and watercolor. I loved painting flowers but one of my ultimate goals then was to be able to draw and paint human figures. I feel like I’ve come further into that goal now.
Let me share with you a few steps on how I painted this illustration:
Step 1: I have a sketch that I paint with a base skin tone.
Step 2: Add shadows and colors onto the cheeks, eyelids and lips.
Step 3: Create a light wash over the hair and create irregular strokes to represent hair strands.
Step 4: Slowly build darker shades into the hair and paint on the eyebrows and eyelashes.
Step 5: Paint the nails and butterfly. Draw the hard lines to accentuate the jaw area, nostril, hands, etc.
Step 6: Add finer details on hair to resemble hair strands.
It takes a few hours for me to finish illustrations. The important thing about painting illustrations to to wait for each layer of paint to dry before adding another layer of paint over the area.