Posted on September 23, 2014 by rica

Watercolor Portrait 34 of 100: Mr. Viel

I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time. I wish he was still around to see this because I know he loved paintings. Yes Mr. V, I know you’re still watching over your family and their friends. Am still glad I had the chance to get to know you in this lifetime.


This is one of a series. I feel I need to do an older pic of him. :)

Posted on September 11, 2014 by rica

Watercolor Portrait #31: Looking Back

This is a watercolor portrait of my brother. It’s not one of the best I’ve made but it shows me how much I’ve improved in the past 3 months. Yes, three months ago I started this 100 Portraits projects. I decided to try and paint my brother again after three months.


This is what I painted three months ago.


That was before I got a real watercolor set, used the proper paper and, well…learned more about the medium along the way.

One thing’s for sure, I will paint my brother’s portrait again after a few weeks and see how much has changed after that.

Posted on September 9, 2014 by rica

Watercolor Portrait #30: Barely There

Amado and I were talking about watercolor techniques. There’s one that was so light that it leaves the barest hint of color. I was lucky to find a photo to try it out.

If I painted watercolor this way, a single box of 5ml tubes would last me a year. Yes, a normal tube of artist grade watercolor is just 5ml. Imagine my surprise when I saw them. I didn’t realize how vibrant the pigments were until I tried it.


Here I’ve zoomed in a bit for you guys to see the details.

Although it isn’t obvious in the paintings I’ve scanned, I’ve seen the difference between artist grade and student grade paints and now I understand why they’re more expensive.

Sighs. Yes.

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