View Full Version : Pastel Portrait for critique/feedback, thanks.

05-22-2001, 07:56 PM
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05-22-2001, 08:02 PM
Par Excellent work here! Love the lacy look of the dress.

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05-22-2001, 08:04 PM
She steps out of the page and talks and walks around the room. Fantastic work. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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05-22-2001, 10:56 PM
large dark and white areas
complimented by fine detail

05-23-2001, 12:47 AM
I usually complain about not using the whole surface of the paper or canvas.
this time I am silenced by the overall integration of it.
I don't feel any error was made, but I still think it would be stronger if your magic were applied all the way to the edges.
(At least on behalf of the arms.)

[This message has been edited by jerryW (edited May 23, 2001).]

05-23-2001, 01:22 AM
Beautiful work, but I agree with Jerry, The cropping of the arms is a bit distracting.

05-23-2001, 06:25 AM
Very very nice

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05-23-2001, 07:07 AM
Just lovely..would like to see arms on her,,,yes it is destracting not having any on her http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


05-23-2001, 06:00 PM
Wonderful portrait - really beautiful. You have captured a lovely expression, too.

I don't mind about where the arms end but I do find the busy-ness of the textured strokes on the clothes and arms distracting.

best wishes


[This message has been edited by sandrafletcher (edited May 23, 2001).]

Nathan Reed
05-23-2001, 07:56 PM
She's got attitude and she's got hair. Great job.

05-25-2001, 11:03 AM
Great expression on her face and yes, she is a lovely girl. Perhaps cropping the bottom a bit would help with the arms/dress. Wow, you can really see a hint of the woman she will grow into in that face. Nice work! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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05-25-2001, 11:12 AM


05-25-2001, 10:18 PM
excellent work!!!!! keep it up

05-25-2001, 11:16 PM
I am waiting for her to speak. Great. Can you tell us more details about the technique you have used? I think the preferred route for this is another forum rather than critique - just tell us where to meet you and the crowd will tip the boat getting there.


05-27-2001, 08:48 AM
Tammy, this portrait began with Rives Tan Paper. The eyes are the most important feature of the sitter, they are the window to the soul of the sitter, if you get them correct, everything else falls into place.
I use a variety of pastels, some soft texture for smooth areas like the hair and some hard for more detailed areas like the eyes. I chose not to use a background with this head and shoulders because she had such a strong pose, it would have been a distraction. If you have anymore questions, I'd be happy to answer them. Thanks for your interest!


05-27-2001, 08:53 AM
this is nice..like the colors and the expession...but I'm wondering if this was done by grid or projector? How many yrs have you been doing portraits? Like to know so I can improve. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
I don't use either method..just wondering.
Can't believe how ppl get some perfect on porportions! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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05-27-2001, 10:03 AM
I should have stated beforehand to Tammy that I begin with a detailed drawing of the sitter using graphite pencil, usually a number 3. I studied drawing for portraits from the book, Drawing on the right side of the brain by Betty Edwards. This book helped me to see shapes, both positive and negative. I strongly recommend this book to any art student. I wish I had known about it long ago.

05-27-2001, 02:04 PM
That's my favorite book too!! My copy was given to me as a teenager and it is so dog-eared and worn out it's funny. Mine has accumulated notes in the margin throughout the years. I join you in your recommendation of it. I think that it is still in print.

05-27-2001, 09:59 PM
Beautiful...just beautiful.