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Just forget the word "symmetry" and we won't have any problems. I swear, I have more problems drawing people; what looked fine (well, okay, serviceable) as a sketch somehow turns into an asymmetrical mess while I'm painting. I cheated in every way I could trying to fix things. In the ref photo (below) the face is ever so slightly turned, which neither my pencils or brushes seemed to comprehend...
Actually, forget I said anything about symmetry. Maybe I'm overreacting. In fact, I won't even mention the word "symmetry" and we'll see if anyone else notices...

Anyway, this is meant as a replacement for a Halloween painting from last week that didn't turn out so well. I actually uploaded it here, thinking it I'd dislike it less if I gave it some time. I gave it some time--about three hours--and started disliking it more, so I deleted it from here, my blog, my Etsy account, then hid from the internet for a day. But I had to finish something else dark (title notwithstanding) by Halloween, and goodness knows I need practice with people. At least I like this better than I liked that.

Apparently I like painting vampires. Asymmetrical vampires. Pale, asymmetrical vampires.

I do like how the shading turned out, though.

And I still have two days. I could squeeze in some other human portrait practice. Maybe a ghost. Which will probably turn into another asymmetrical vampire. Like magic.

I think I need to go to bed...

(References used: by :iconnikxstock: and by :iconanariel-stock:)

Watercolor, 10" x 13", 2013.

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Ebonfeather's avatar
Gorgeous artwork :+fav:
LightrayPhotography's avatar
I love how perfect your work is. Can I ask you for any tips and tricks for doing watercolors? 
MistiqueStudio's avatar
Oh my gosh, it's far from perfect, but thank you! I'm not sure what kind of tips or tricks you're looking for, but the best general advice I can offer is PAINT A LOT WITH WATERCOLORS (it's my own advice to myself everyday, since I still feel I have a long way to go). Try different techniques. Practice practice practice. Stare at other watercolorists' paintings. Join the watercolorists group here on dA (…; I've found a LOT of inspiring stuff here, and I think I've just scratched the surface.

If there's anything more specific you think I might be able to answer for you, please don't hesitate to ask.
MistiqueStudio's avatar
So, the link I posted didn't work for some reason:
Sieskja's avatar
Well, actually I've always the same issue with drawing people faces... Though I think your lady is pretty here!! :meow:
MyWorld1's avatar
i think it's beautiful :heart:
MistiqueStudio's avatar
Oh gosh thank you! The longer I stare at it the more crooked it becomes...then again, the same thing happens when I look in a mirror too long...
MyWorld1's avatar
no problem:) hehe yeah.. that happens ;p cause you notice everything you did wrong, but from a new perspective from another person they notice all the good parts :) 
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