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Old 06-10-2019, 11:06 PM
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Watercolor House Portraits

Hi Guys. So, I have always loved the look of watercolor and ink house portraits. The illustrative look, the visible pen lines, the watercolor painting. So I've been giving it a go myself. I wanted to share for some feedback to see how I can improve them and how I can go back in and fix some of the mistakes. My biggest issue I feel is with proportion and/or placement of features among other things including the watercolor itself. Any and all feedback would be appreciated. For all the watercolor house portrait artists or urban sketchers out there and watercolorists, how do you guys approach this type of piece? I feel like i wanted to ask something else, but I can't remember. These are photos of the paintings. The photos aren't great quality and I can resubmit when Im near them tomorrow.

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This one is cropped because the reference photo was cropped exactly like it with the yellow apartment building being the focus.


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This is another apartment building

Disclaimer: The yellow apartment building is a family member's apartment from 35 years ago and the house is my house. The other apartment building was found on a google search I can't remember from where but I searched "Brooklyn apartment buildings"
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Old 06-11-2019, 03:40 PM
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Re: Watercolor House Portraits

I love the loose style, imperfect angles (such as in the shutters), and simplicity in the first one. Maybe I'm so attracted to it because it's so much more colorful and energetic and fun compared to the other two. There's nothing "wrong" with the other two, they just aren't nearly as compelling to me as the yellow one.
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Re: Watercolor House Portraits

Best to lay out a perspective framework and keep verticals vertical on domestic scale buildings.

Check out the class on House Portraits.

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Old 06-13-2019, 12:02 AM
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Re: Watercolor House Portraits

Hi Doug,

Just want to say thank you for the response on my Watercolor House Portrait thread and for the link to your lessons. I appreciate it. Perspective is something I have always struggled with. I learned about perspective drawing in high school and then when I went to college. But that's some years ago now and never put it to practice as I learned it. Now, here I am some years later at this crossroads with perspective drawing. There are a ton of really helpful videos on youtube, various art lesson sites and more that give information on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 point perspective even but my issue comes down to the starting process. I can't seem to find an answer to my main question which is: when drawing a house or a building from a photo reference, do you sketch it out first and then put in the perspective lines, vanishing points and horizon line, essentially correcting your sketch? Or do you make the grids and lines first and then put in the shapes and then continue on with the construction of the building/house?
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I always start with a pencil framework showing the perspective lines before doing the detailed sketch.

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