· Water to have on your brush
· Water to have on your paper
· Density of pigment
· What brush to use
The challenge is getting all four combinations just right. Not easy, but it comes with practice, and perhaps a little tuition.
I think a key to success is to start with a good photograph. The photo I am going to work from was taken by my Husband Stuart. It has half of my face in dark light and the other half well lit. This is what you need-contrast, shadows, light areas and definition. The first challenge is the drawing-if it doesn’t resemble the person now, it never will! There are means and methods to getting the drawing just right. For me this is the hardest part as I’m terrible at drawing. I use a grid method, which isn’t fool proof and still takes time and patience. This drawing took me about 10 hours. It resembles me, but doesn’t look exactly like me, but I know its good enough to work with. You can’t draw features in like shadow, so some of the drawing will be embellished with the painting.