The first step is always the basic sketch. In this image, it contains all the
details of the face and the clothing. There is some indication as to where the
background falls, but it's concentration is on the main figure because the background
will be changed in this case.
Our next step is the first wash. Do the lightest shades first, it is easier
for darker colors to go over lighter ones in watercolor. a very light wash of
burnt sienna, vermillion, and yellow ochre was used on the face, with a light
wash of carmine on top. Burnt umber and burnt sienna was used for the hair.
Here we've added a simple base color to all the parts of the figure. Darker
tones has been put into the hair by combining prussian blue to burnt umber.
The resulting color is also added to the T-shirt Try to avoid black whenever
possible, black creates a flatter tone than other dark shades. As you can see,
we've also mixed in a light wash of carmine and vermillion to the skin add a
flushed tone. Colbalt and prussian blue with a touch of carmine for the darks
was used for the jeans. And burnt umber was added to shade the arms.
At this point, a few more layers of shading has been added to enhance the image.
Tones has beend added to the socks, jeans, and hair. This acts as a finishing
touch for the figure, itself, before we begin on the background. The background
image changes in this case. The couch was kept, but everything else was changed.
Thus we started with the couch.
The last step was basically to filly in the space. The couch was finished, and
the checker floor patter was put in to add a third dimension to the piece.