For this third portrait, I was beginning to believe my efforts didn’t totally suck, despite failing to achieve the natural-look effect I was aiming for.

In this case the hair was nearly totally black, aside from light effects coming through it, so I broke my own rule and used black watercolour. I think it worked.

The flesh-tones are maybe too soft, and could use a bit more shadow outside of the direct light.

I think there is too much detail, and I should strive for getting the right overall appearance with fewer strokes.

Data Description
Title Vincent
Artist Derrick Oswald
Medium Watercolour and ink on cartridge paper
Dimensions (w × h cm) 29.7 × 41
Date 2022

watercolor of Vincent

original photograph of Vincent



A Canadian electrical engineer living in Switzerland, developing software for over 40 years, e.g. big data for electric distribution utilities and the cloud security space, but now retired.

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