Dobby – A Watercolour Portrait

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.

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And here it is finished: