Editorial illustration: Watercolour portraits

It has been a long, long time since I’ve written a post, so I thought it was high time I publish some of the drafts I’ve written and just had hanging around in the background.

In one of my previous posts I mentioned some portraits that I completed for Taste Buds, a local food and drink magazine. I thought I’d give you a closer look and talk a little about the process.

Taste Buds Portraits

I painted four portraits in total, all from good-quality reference photos provided by my client. The brief was to illustrate the members of the Taste Buds team with a caricature feel to them. They are being used at the very front of the magazine to introduce the team and help get a bit of their personality across to the reader. My client gave me a few pointers as to what each person liked doing and I used a number of reference photos to help with their positioning and the items that they’re holding such as the cooking pot, vegetables and beer!

Caricature portrait

As I do with all my paintings, I used a coloured pencil to sketch out the portraits before going in with watercolour. I started with the faces, so that if I made a mistake, I hadn’t wasted any time on the bodies.

Watercolour caricature

I sent the paintings back to the client to review, and made a few small changes digitally in response to her feedback. I used Adobe Photoshop to clean up the scanned images and give them a transparent background, ready for use in the magazine.

Watercolour caricature

I was excited to find printed copies of the magazine in John’s of Appledore when we popped in for a coffee and cake (which, by the way, is a must if you’re in the area!). You can read the magazine online, my portraits are on page 4.

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