View Full Version : Self Portrait - pastels

04-02-2013, 09:53 PM
Just finished self portrait in pastel on canson paper. Did from life in mirror attached to my easel. Lots of fun and will probably do more. Used NuPastels and Unison for soft top layer.

04-03-2013, 02:12 AM
I think is realy good work. You captured the expression.

04-03-2013, 03:31 AM
wow - you seem to know yourself :). I am a newbie and just wonder how long you already painted in pastels...? Looks very professional.

04-03-2013, 04:04 AM
Excellent portrait! Looks very confidently done.

04-03-2013, 10:50 AM
Impressive. Pam

04-03-2013, 01:55 PM
Thanks so much everyone. Been painting for awhile but not very often. Work a regular job that gets in my way! I really love working with pastels, much easier to walk up and begin painting instead of with oils where there is a lot of clean up and preparation.

04-03-2013, 03:46 PM
Nice portrait. Good expression. I also made the step from oil to pastel. Really love this medium.great work!

04-03-2013, 04:24 PM
i thinking of getting myself some unison pastels.im a newbie only done like 2 pastel paintings and i got some uart sandpaper for next painting.any tips

04-03-2013, 04:33 PM
Thanks again. If the UArt is sandpaper type surface the Unison is pretty soft and would use a good bit on the surface and could fill the tooth up quickly. Rembrandt makes a great pastel that is kind of mid range on softness and laying in color then come back in with Unison for highlights and some color. I use Nupastel for the drawing phases and sharpened on the end for some detail work around the eyes and other areas.

04-03-2013, 04:41 PM
can u tell when the tooth is nearly full? i got faber castell sticks at the mo.but do want to try out some other brands which are better quality.

04-03-2013, 05:22 PM
Tooth is full when it won't register a stroke. I have brushed pastel off with a dry paintbrush to reclaim some of the tooth.

John Palmer Fine Art
04-04-2013, 02:19 PM
Great portrait, must have been a difficult technique to master.

04-04-2013, 07:25 PM
Nice work on your site John, very impressive! Wish I could do paintings at that skill level.

04-04-2013, 08:08 PM
good work !
- colour choices and modeling are both restrained and effective .

your experience with oils serves you well .

look forward to seeing more of your paintings with pastel . :)


04-04-2013, 10:00 PM
Thanks so much. Fixed my mouth alittle and took photo in better light. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2013/98254-me3.jpg

04-05-2013, 01:19 AM
Very nice work!

04-05-2013, 08:24 AM
You look great!

04-05-2013, 12:09 PM
Beautifully strong and sculptured. Love this very much and the choice of your background really brings the facial features forward.

I hope you get to paint more. It's sad not to share more of this fine work.:clap: :clap:


Would you consider softening the neck/shoulder angle?

04-05-2013, 01:05 PM
i like it - it looks like an oil painting

04-06-2013, 08:20 AM
Thanks again see what you mean on the neck shoulder angle Barb. When I get beyond facial features I seem to just give up!

04-06-2013, 12:23 PM
Eww! Nice! you've inspired me to try one. My family won't pose for me any more so I will use my one and only willing model!

04-06-2013, 12:25 PM
like the subtle changes .

Barbara's comment makes sense as to hard edges and value contrasts .
> maybe drag and twirl a q-tip to soften and mix a bit with the open paper ,
and a bit of a ' haircut ' with a kneaded eraser along the hair outline ...

just a thought . :)