View Full Version : My first pastel portrait WIP

07-02-2015, 02:59 AM
Found myself with a bit of time up my sleeve before I start my next dog commission so I decided to do something for myself ... as well as see if I was actually capable of doing a human portrait!

Black Cansen card, 50cm x 65cm, pastel pencils around 6 hours so far including initial sketch






07-02-2015, 12:26 PM
Looking good.....

07-02-2015, 02:59 PM
Great start.

07-03-2015, 06:23 AM
Thanks for popping in Bill and Tim ... feeling a little anxious about this piece now ... made a little bit more progress today ... fixed up a few issues which seemed to have made other things more noticeable now ... lots of issues with this but hopefully I am slowly working through them ... please feel free to drop some friendly hints ... the right eye isn't right but im not to sure why yet ... I some of the shading needs to be re worked a little more ... he has flabby cheeks (which he does not actually have in person) ... I think I've added an extra 15 years onto him



07-03-2015, 10:55 AM
I'm impressed! Great job. Pam :wave:

07-05-2015, 07:47 AM
You are certainly getting there bit by bit. Just be a tiny bit careful of leaving the contrasts as it is in the eyes. Eyeballs are round, and eyelids and brows cast shadows, so leaving them bright white doesn't look quite right. The strong contrast between the white and the blue is making the blue protrude forward somehow.

07-06-2015, 02:10 AM
Thanks for you encouragement Pam!

Jackie! welcome to my thread and THANK YOU for the incite on what could be wrong with the eyeballs ... it was very welcome and timely because I had been very sick of the strange stare he had been giving me all weekend! With your advice taken on board I set out today to make his eyes more correct ...

and now I think it's almost time to put the signature on this one ... for my first try at a recognisable person portrait ... I am pretty proud of myself with how this has turned out ... I understand there are a decent few who wouldn't recognise this guy even if you bumped into him in the street ... and that's ok (I think there is a bit of a generation gap here between myself and a lot of other posters). I'm sure there are a few who have recognised him! (maybe?) ... that aside I hope every one can appreciate it from an art standpoint! ... what I have learnt from the process is that I can do portraits of people and just maybe I might give a few other Icons a go in the not to distant future!

Please feel free to pick out anything that may need more work here ... as long as it doesn't involve erasing half of the piece :lol: im happy to continue on to make this even better! If there are things that could have been changed earlier on please feel free to make note of me so I can work on making sure next time I don't make the same mistakes :clap:




Thanks again every one for your help and support, I really do try and take it on board!

07-06-2015, 02:31 AM
well done. Not only can you do portraits, you could probably take on commissions too, you are that capable.


07-07-2015, 02:58 AM
Thank you Jackie! I think id be a way from offering portraits for sale ... but I sure am having a lot of fun with them! ... I started a new one today ... ill start a new thread for it ... but seeing how the next one is turning out (and applying what I learnt here with this one ... I think I might need to give this guy a decent go ... start from scratch! LOL)