There are several ways to mix flesh tones in watercolour. Unfortunately, when I first started painting portraits I wasn’t aware of this fact. I thought I knew how to whip up a flesh tone using only my Jaune Brilliant No.1 and No.2, but I always found myself frustrated with the rather flat results. The Burnt Umber I used made the shadows look too dark and heavy, and adding white only made the final colour dull and lifeless. I was stuck, and I didn’t know why.
Hello! I'm Ella. I’m a watercolour artist and paper maven who owns far too many notebooks and not enough pens. From my little turreted studio in London I create illustrations for editorials, and invitations for love-struck couples. Learn more >