This is a 6 inch by 4 inch watercolor postcard. I used watercolor pens, tea, ballpoint and pencil. I used the above self-photograph image as a reference.

IMG_7562
http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7562-768x1024.jpg 768w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7562-261x348.jpg 261w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7562-688x917.jpg 688w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7562.jpg 1152w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /> I started with pencil to sketch the basics

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IMG_7567
http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7567-768x1024.jpg 768w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7567-261x348.jpg 261w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7567-688x917.jpg 688w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7567.jpg 1152w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /> Now time to start adding tea and blending

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Adding ballpoint
http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7571-768x1024.jpg 768w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7571-261x348.jpg 261w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7571-688x917.jpg 688w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7571.jpg 1152w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /> Adding ballpoint
IMG_7572
http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7572-768x1024.jpg 768w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7572-261x348.jpg 261w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7572-688x917.jpg 688w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7572.jpg 1152w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /> Adding more watercolor
IMG_7573
http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7573-768x1024.jpg 768w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7573-261x348.jpg 261w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7573-688x917.jpg 688w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7573.jpg 1152w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /> At this point, I realized my facial dimensions were off. I had made my eyes too small, and too close together. I tried shading and highlighting to make up for the issues.
IMG_7574
http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7574-768x1024.jpg 768w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7574-261x348.jpg 261w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7574-688x917.jpg 688w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7574.jpg 1152w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /> At this point I realized that not only were my eyes too far apart, but my mouth was too small and too low, also. These are very typical issues for me to have when I am working from a portrait reference.
IMG_7576
http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7576-768x1024.jpg 768w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7576-261x348.jpg 261w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7576-688x917.jpg 688w, http://journal.neevita.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_7576.jpg 1152w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /> Once finished, with added highlightsI knew I wouldn’t want to use this as my avatar representation as I’d planned. Though it’s a good painting, it just didn’t look enough like me. The eyes were too small, too close, and the mouth was too small and far away. In addition, the head/hat was a little wonky, too.
IMG_7576 adjusted
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