I decided to do a portrait today of a personal hero – Dobby the House Elf (from Harry Potter).
I began with a sketch. I don’t know if you can see it (below), but made him smile a bit more – I wanted a happier elf.
And then began to paint. I approached the actual painting in a series of discrete washes, starting from light coloured ones and moving towards darker coloured ones. (This is a method I’ve read about in a Water colour book:
So here are some photos of the painting as it progressed.
And here it is finished: