I've been curious about this painting thing. I once did an oil painting when I was a teen and it still hangs in my sisters bathroom. Maybe that's where it belongs, where crap is deposited.
Anyway, I decided to do a watercolor painting and chose to draw up a portrait of a woman (what else) to practice on. This is not any woman I know and was just randomly pulled out of my head.
This is the quick portrait drawing before I started destroying it with paint.
This is just after I finished, note that the paper is glossy and I'm using my digital camera to take the pic, so it left a flash "glow".
Here is another pic of the finished painting with my hand in there for size comparison (I have HUGE hands ladies! ;) ).
I'm not too happy with watercolors. It makes the paper warp a bit and get all bunched up (and I'm actually using a paper that said watercolor on it). Plus the paints felt "waxy" to the touch sorta like crayons when it was dry.
Maybe it was because I was using some cheap ass crayola waterpaints that come in those little "welled" out plastic containers with the brush in the middle. I used some brushes that my kids have. In general I was working with some pretty shoddy equipment, so maybe I haven't experienced the true joy of painting.
Also, as you can see by the painting above I still suck at coloring skin tones. I pretty much ended up with the same results I get with my digital "painting" like the one below I did in April, 2002.
Oh well, maybe I'll work on colors more if I get the urge. I just do it for fun and relaxation anyway. Hell I didn't think about debt, deadlines or sex the whole time I was drawing and painting!