I’ve never had any real success with learning watercolors. Last week I decided to just jump in and see if I could figure things out. One of the things I learned in the last couple of days playing with them is not to get too ambitious. Don’t plan on a lot of control. Just be loose and let the paint do it’s thing and play off that.
I also discovered the Faber-Castell Pitt pens really are waterproof. All these were sketched with Pitt pens then immediately bombarded with watercolors and they didn’t run once. Which is odd, since they will often smear when using Copic markers. I blame science. Chemistry, specifically.
Faces for me are good places to play with color. Just keeping in mind the color zones of the face, especially Caucasian faces (Yellowish forehead, pink/reds around cheeks/nose, and grays and blues from the nose down, gives you ways to experiment with the paint.
Of course, next week I may decide I didn’t know what I was talking about and throw all these breakthroughs in the trash.