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Value study of an Indian Youth

"Indian Youth" watercolor on paper 29 x 20 cm/11".5 x 8 in.



This is a step-by-step demonstration done in values of gray from Painting Watercolor Portraits that Glow  by Jan Kunz. This young man looks so beautiful and proud in his ceremonial dress. I wish I could match the ideas in my head with more skill in my hand.
 I will try and do more studies like these in the future. I liked illiminating color and just focusing on the values and light.

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  1. Celia, this is awesome! I'm going to watch the video later this evening, but this drawing is so well done and so evocative. I'll be interested in seeing your technique, thanks for taking the time to make the video!

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    1. Hi Katherine, I'm so happy you like my sketch, coming from you it means a lot!

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  2. Brava! En su mirada se adivinan sus rituales de vida. Una maravilla, Celia.

    Abbraccio.

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  3. Your work is wonderful, Celia!! This Indian girl is painted beautifully!!! I look forward to your next painting.

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    1. Thank you so much, your kind comment means a lot to me!

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  4. Splendido,ha lo sguardo fiero,un ottimo acquerello!
    Complimenti!
    Ciao,un saluto dalla Sardegna!

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    1. Ti ringrazio, Franz! Tanti saluti anche a te!

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  5. He is absolutely beautiful and with an expression on his face that is a mix between pride and sweetness. Love him ! Have a nice saturday night !

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    1. Hi Jane, I'm happy that this is the impression you have gotten, that is what I was going for! Thank you for your great feedback!

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  6. Really well done Celia. I have that same book by Jan Kunz,,,Excellent. !
    Oh to paint like that !!!

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    1. Hi Barbra, it's a wonderful book! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Celia - this is superb! Your values really capture this youth. I have read Jan Kunz's book on florals. She is such a great artist.

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    1. Hi Debbie, thanks for such a nice comment! I have Jan's book on florals too but find florals more difficult than portraits. She is a wonderful teacher though!

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  8. This is beautifully done Celia. I particularly love the way you've rendered his hair.

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I probably would have overworked it, Jan's lesson was very helpful.

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