Start the watercolor portrait by lightly drawing your subject in pencil and rough in background. Note: As you work always step back and decide what and where your next brush stroke will be. Consider the shape of the stroke, color, value, and how they all work together. Take more time making decisions and less time painting.
Lay in light values to begin shaping the face.
Continue with the lighter shades and begin working in darker values.
Note: Consider the balance and weight of each stroke take into consideration placement of color, value, and how they all work together. Again take more time making decisions and less time painting.
Start to include the shadow areas
Continue with the shadow areas and darker values, then begin to include details.
Continue with the details. Note: Do Not Overwork – Think more – Paint less.
After careful scrutiny and when the piece is complete spray surface with a permanent fixative. There are many to choose from mat, gloss etc. Experiment with a sample to make sure you like the product and finish.