Blurring backgrounds and curling hair

PaperFaces portrait of @web_martin.

Tools used

Work in process screenshot
Use soft quick watercolor strokes layered on top of each other to simulate a blurred background. Helps add contrast to the composition when drawing crisp lines in the figures’ hair.
Work in process screenshot
Render the face gradually and move quickly to soften each stroke. Apply white as needed to lighten darker tones.