Another Watercolor Figure

Painting the figure in watercolor is tricky. Watercolors don’t have the three-dimensionality of oils or acrylics, so it’s harder to build up the “meat” of a person in a painting. Sometimes it’s best to go for a looser, more abstract style.

I almost scrapped this painting. I tried to aim for a realistic style, and the paper didn’t hold up as well to scrubbing and lifting as I thought it would. Regardless, I saved this painting using the (only sometimes reliable) “fuck it” approach.

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7 Responses to “Another Watercolor Figure”


  1. 1 Naomi September 16, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Your artwork is quite impressive – even if you don’t like your painting, I do! Post more of your stuff!

  2. 2 TAO September 16, 2010 at 2:06 am

    I think the “fuck it” approach worked well since I like this quite a bit. Nude studies are an odd thing in our society since so many people find them uncomfortable. I think your work is neutral enough to lessen that. It’s very nice.

  3. 3 asmalltowndad September 16, 2010 at 3:06 am

    beautiful nude! has a little bit of mystery and beauty. I find watercolor to be a headache being used to acrylics, but I love the way they look.

  4. 4 gregorbucik September 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

    very nice shadows! 🙂 love the style.

  5. 5 Cole September 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks all for your compliments! I’ll certainly experiment with this style more often

  6. 6 diva37 July 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I like this painting. Watercolor has been a pain in my side, but your blog is inspiring me to continue with my pain to master it. Thanks much for the inspiration.

  7. 7 Ivon May 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Your work is incredible and your watercolors are stunning 🙂 ..post more of your stuff


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