I doodled a very nice Fingon and Aredhel into my sketchbook yesterday – with coloured pencil, which yielded some really charming results. I decided to try watercolour on top of those – only to realise that my coloured pencils were water soluble.
So I printed the sketches out on watercolour paper again, and got to work, spraying the entire paper with water and then laying down a Quinachridone Gold wash.
A bit of flesh-tint with Burnt Sienna and Madder Red.
Some Ultramarine for the shadows.
More reddish and bluish tints. I really like this effect. Maybe next time I try this technique, I won’t do it on a character with dark hair.
Painting the hair with Ultramarine, Madder, and rather a lot of Shadow Violet.
Some final touches with paint, and later some more with Polychromos and white gel pen.