Wednesday Workshop: Watercolor portrait of baby Charlie

I just finished this watercolor portrait of a cute baby named Charlie. My friends commissioned me to do this as a gift for Charlie's parents. My technique for portraits is to create a pencil sketch and transfer it onto watercolor paper using my tracing paper technique. After the sketch has been transferred, I go in with my pencils and eraser to add and remove lines as needed for a delicate mark-making balance. Once the pencil drawing is done, I add light washes of watercolors. The finishing touch is black ink to highlight some of the important portrait lines. Below is the original photo of Charlie that I used as a reference.