In the watercolor technique I draw the motif on a thick, very absorbent paper with an pencil. The paint is miscible with water and will be applied with a brush layer by layer.
Details and large areas can be implemented faithfully by different amounts of water in the brush. Various brush sizes helping to model the areas, so that different structures and transitions can be represented. Through the brightness of the colors, the watercolor works charming and expressive.
Once the pencil sketch is finished, the background is colored. In a portrait, I always start with the eyes. Only when these reflect the character, I work my way out from the head of the subject.
In this shot, you can clearly see that I have not prepared the entire neck with a color layer for the subtleties. I am working piece by piece through the various muscle groups and areas. The bridle I paint usually as the last before I go to the neck and throat.
For the very large neck area, I had to
work different than usual.
No reins separates the area. Thats making it more difficult to modeling a homogeneous watercolor surface. Large brushes can be very helpful there. But those require a good knowledge of color pigments and the mixing ratio with water to achieve the desired effect. Also the paper with his properties of water uptake and the transport through the paper layers should be known well. For each watercolor technique there are similar papers with different abilities. Every painter prefers a special paper for his work. The only solution is try.
After all surfaces are modeled, I add small details added such as Whiskers, small white hair on the forehead, etc. If desired, I write the name of the animal on the picture. The portrait is protected with a special spray against UV rays and yellowing. Watercolor paintings should be framed with a suitable acid-free mat, behind glass.