Painting Amanda

amanda and smell - 2017 - 8x10
Eduardo Suré; Amanda and Smell, 2017; Watercolor

This is the full painting of Amanda and Smell. I cropped the illustration for my short story, Finding the Purple Living Jewel. I took some notes after painting Amanda.

  • Color sketches save time and frustration. If I hadn’t done them, I would have used some wild colors.
  • Start with fresh paint when creating color. I tried to darken the paint I used for Kevin’s skin color and the paint turned gray. 
  • Wet-on-wet is great for shadows.
  • Until I understand where shadows fall, use a model.
  • Use very light pencil for the structural drawing. Even though I drew lightly, I still had trouble erasing the pencil marks.
  • Be patient and wait until the painting dries before erasing pencil marks. I ruined Amanda’s lips by erasing too soon.

The combination of painting a person looking up and conveying the act of smelling challenged me. I did not think it was going to work. In the end, I was satisfied by the result.

Thank you for stopping by. If you are interested in reading the Living Jewel Series, the hyperlink will take you to my published short stories. You can also find the link to the Living Jewel Series under Categories.


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