Making of The Sapera Painting

In one of my earlier posts I have presented “The Sapera“. Here in this post I am going to show the step by step process involved in the creation of the painting.

Step 1: Paper Preparation and choice of pigments.
I started out by wetting the paper. You can do that by dipping the paper in a bathtub or cistern. Next I placed the paper on the drawing board and taped the edges using art-paper tape. The wetting process helps in setting the paper in a perfectly flat position. Doing so minimizes the problem of the paper curling up at the later stages of painting.

The colors I used for this particular painting are shown below. Using the watercolor pencils helps in providing the finer details in the painting.

Step 2: Initial Sketch

I didn’t waste much amount of time in the sketching process. Just a light sketch pointing out the main features were done.

Step 3: Head and Turban : First application of the paint

Here I would like to apologize for not taking the pictures of the initial application of paint.

Watercolor once dried cannot be removed, so the application of color should be fast and accurate. First I painted the lightest shade with a big brush (10-12) and a lot of water. After that I filled in the darker regions with a medium size brush and tried to maintain the relative position of the paint.

Step 4: Head and Turban : Adding the refinements
In this step I added the eyes and some more details to the face. It is better to build up the color and texture on the face in a gradual manner by adding repeated washes of the same shade. For the eyes though this is nor feasible. So, it is better to paint the eye in a single step and not to re-touch it afterwards.

Step 5: Head and Turban : Final Render
The same procedure was followed for the head and the turban. This is the final render of the Head and the Turban

Step 6: Hand and Shirt: First application of the paint
The hands and the shirt were also painted using repeated shades of color as was in the Head and Turban. The same procedure is followed here too.

Step 7: Hand and Shirt: Adding the refinementsStep 8: Hand and Shirt: Adding more Refinements

Step 9: Final Touches and the Finished Painting

This is the Final Render of the finished Painting. This painting has got many faults in terms of lighting and shading effects. Also many details were not done properly. Though there is no chance of improvement for this painting, but if time permits I would like to do one more painting in the Sapera series.

5 thoughts on “Making of The Sapera Painting

  • May 4, 2008 at 1:07 am

    well you have done a superb job…gr8 painting i should say..if you have painted more do show them also..

  • May 5, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Nice work. Good to see that you share your methods with people. I’m sure it’ll help new painters.

  • May 6, 2008 at 6:32 am

    good one!! nice painting…continue sharing these methods 🙂

  • May 6, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Nice creation of the snakecharmer!

  • May 22, 2008 at 11:06 am

    wow. excellent work. am impressed by the effort that went into this.

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