portrait paintings by Yong Chen

a man is reading: watercolor painting by Yong Chen

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Watercolor Portrait of Don Who is Reading

Watercolor painting on watercolor paper, 2003

Knowing my subject likes to read, I chose his home library for the sitting background. I did a few preliminary drawings from live setting, and I decided on the final concept and design for the portrait. I also took a number of digital photos. Back in my studio, I started the painting process by drawing a detailed, likeness drawing, using a 2H pencil on high-quality cold-press watercolor paper. To see how I paint this watercolor portrait painting in step-by-step methods, visit our online Learning Center.

Personality is an important part of the elements in the portrait painting. I always get to know as much as possible of my subject before I start my project.

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