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07-08-2015, 10:01 AM


Title: Portraits
Year Created:
Medium: Pastel
Surface: Paper
Dimension: 60cm x 50cm
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Hi everyone! Im very new to portraits and have done these two over the last week or so (my first and second portraits ever). I have been using pastels now for 3 or 4 months and am enjoying the medium. Im looking for more direction so please feel free to comment away as I am getting a little frustrated with myself.

Im looking to bring my portraits together more, they start well but finish looking not quiet right and im not sure if its my values or just a lack of quality of my under drawing ... Id really like some stead fast direction on areas I can improve on. I can see the issues with the first one, the nose and eyes aren't correct still ... but what can I do in the drawing stage to avoid falling in the home stretch?


07-08-2015, 11:49 AM
Who are they?

07-08-2015, 03:30 PM
nicely done
i think the red on the side of the nose of the first guy (don't know who he is) is a little stronger than it needs to be and the same could be said for his top lip, especially with the bottom lip being so light, but otherwise, yeah, nice.

second one is the nirvana guy, also well done, no complaints/picks.


07-08-2015, 07:20 PM
the light sources (two on each) complicate the shadows, but the first one is backlit so the face should be in shadow, the second one has a strong light from the left and a second light source behind the figure. otherwise they are well done. Just need some glazing to darken areas where the shadows would happen and as La said,the red is a bit too intense on the first face:wave:

07-08-2015, 08:04 PM
Thanks for coming and having a look guys, The first one is Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam (obviously a more recent one than a image most would be familiar with) and yes the second one is Kurt Cobain from Nirvana.

La ill go back in and lighten that red on Ed's nose ... maybe if I post both the reference photos it might help with crits? I changed the size of the fore head in the first one late into the piece and I think I possibly should have left it larger as now his eyes look to big ... I think i'm going to have one more go at a portrait before I go back and work on a few commission pet portraits ... I'm enjoying these though so I will scratch away in the background until I start to get them where Im happy (do we ever get to that point?)

Thank you Beverly for going to the effort to light those images for me I certainly can see what you mean, especially in the first one ... im not sure if im going to go back in and darken the faces or if i'll just use the advice here to try and make my next one more correct ... I do appreciate the advice though so thank you for taking the time ... here are reference photos