All good paintings start with a good drawing. This is never more true when painting a portrait. Some watercolorists paint portraits in a very impressionistic manner, this is not how I paint. I like detail, richness of colour and a close a likeness to the photo I’m working from.
I take a lot of time over my drawing, not just to get the lines in the right place but to catch the character of the person I am going to paint.
Once drawn, I start to place my tones on the paper. Where the darks are going to be I place darker yellow.