Soft edges and painting across the form

      Skin has texture.  Don't blend the life out of it.   These legs were finished with a #4 high quality Winsor & Newton series 7 kolinsky sable watercolor round.  Lately I've been buying my sables from a wonderful little brush making company called Trekell.  Check their website at  

     In general, it's a good idea to go across the form with your brush strokes rather than along the form - unless you're painting tree trunks.  I went to a lot of time and trouble to create soft edges on the upper thighs.  I did it by laying down about a billion tiny paint strokes.  I really don't have the patience for this kind of work!