One more portrait

Here is my watercolor portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes.


Right color choices make things a lot easier and textures add some depth.

The reference image was unusually cut like this, but I believe, that this approach adds some interest to the portrait.

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London fog

Fog, no matter where it is, is particularly tricky to paint… London fog – the most famous fog out there, is even more special for many artists.


I had to turn my watercolor paper upside-down to make fog look like this, raising from the still waters of the River Thames.

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Essential tools


Here’s my attempt to make things look real, at least a bit more real… Adding shading and patches of reflected light (how are they called in English?) is essential here. White pencil is very helpful for bright white spots.

I’ve started studying illustration a couple days ago, so not much time is left for card making, blogging and commenting, but I’ll try to post and comment as often as I can.

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Cab has arrived

Here is my second painting from Watercolor Sherlock series. Wet-in-wet technique is quiet challenging for me, as it’s hard to control how paint flows and how colors mix together on paper. Some details can be washed away if you apply too much water, or you can end up with muddy areas if you mix colors without paying enough attention to their characteristics. So much to learn here…

It didn’t turn out as it should have been, but I’m happy with result.


Hope it looks a bit like a rainy day in London, where I’ve never been.

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Lessons to learn

It couldn’t manage to post every day, but I continue to experiment with watercolor and paint wet-in-wet flowers. I’ll show them to you a bit later.

I took online watercolor classes in January. The theme was Sherlock Holmes. I haven’t seen the latest TV series, but it’s not really necessary as all photo references were provided.

Here is my attempt to paint a watercolor portrait of Mrs. Hudson. She turned out a lot younger, but… don’t we like to look younger? Lol Painting wrinkles seemed somewhat weird, but I’ll probably make another attempt later.

I was struggling with choosing the right colors for her skin tone and ended up with adding white. It was a huge mistake, as white is opaque and it’s typically not recommended to use opaque colors in mixtures of 3 or more. I knew this already, in theory… but decided to risk and got a porcelain face. Lesson learned: if you use Chinese white, you get china instead of skin. If you need to make colors lighter, just dilute them with water and that’s it!


I’m happy that her dress and a teacup turned out really nice.

Our mistakes are our best teachers indeed.

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