I just finished a small watercolor portrait of my girlfriend and I wanted to share some beginning steps for how I start a watercolor portrait. You can scroll over the images in the gallery below to see each step-by-step with a short explanation.
The main goal is to keep it really simple in the beginning stages. Don't worry about detail at the beginning; detail isn't as important as you might think. Let the image progress naturally and the various components will fall into place. I'll do more step-by-step blog posts in the future!