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djstar
01-30-2001, 03:05 AM
My mother's new husband has been growing grandkids like crazy.
They wanted me to do a portrait for this one and its newborn cousin will come next.
Sounds like a cottage industry if I play it right!
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From one of those darned overhead flash pic.
I like the faded edges because the client can pick his own matting and make it intimate or important. I scanned it at about 8x10 and inset the original snap.
They wanted it all pink and cute, but short of really going dark, I hope they will accept it on a nice recycled strathmore light grey pastel paper.
I love it because I like smooth surfaces.
I like canfield paper too. I like how the surface shines where I leave paper showing.
I guess I am a very light pastellist.
I also guess that makes me a DRAWer not a painter???
That was an old debate, anyway...waddaya think?
dj*

Roan
01-30-2001, 06:01 AM
Ahwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! :P

I love the freedom of your style, Dj. I've tried to emulate it -- most pastel books are based around the same type -- but I just canna do it! I think I'm afraid of lines, sigh. Either that, or it's nature's way of telling me it's not *my* style. So, I think all I can do is sit here and admire how you can capture the essence of babyhood with a few strokes of pastel.

Enviously yours http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

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LDianeJohnson
01-30-2001, 09:35 AM
DJ,

Nice piece. Here are a couple of tips...

The ribbon on the baby's head is stronger than anything else on the painting. Break the brightness of this just a bit so that the baby's face takes the front seat. Realizing that the baby has little hair, the bow also appears to be pasted to the baby's head. You can play a bit with a shadow from the bow to visually lift it from the head slightly.

Your stroking is delicate and very lovely. You can use this method to your best advantage. I call this technique, "knitting" with pastel. It is great for building up shapes and creating a 3D appearance on the 2D surface. Work a bit more on the baby's forehead. You have some long, light strokes that dominate. Since these are so long they tend to visually flatten the baby's forehead. Work with a few shorter strokes in the other direction to round out the head a bit more. I know this is one of those dead-on flash pictures, but you can correct for this.

Same with the shadow side of the baby's face. The while the color is right and value is good, the application is much heavier than the rest of the portrait and all one color. Maintain the value and vary the color to give more depth and shape to this side of the face. A baby is sweet and soft, this one spot is causing the baby to look tough. All you need are a few delicate strokes in this area to make the adjustment.

The spots of highlights on the baby's cheek and skin are a bit too crisp and strong. Reduce the intensity and soften them to better blend with the smooth face.

The clothing is so sweet, but very broken-up. Just tie some of these strokes together to make the fabric look like it is unified.

Love the hair. You really handled that well.

Hope these help...your family will be hounding you for more http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Diane



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Ohju
01-30-2001, 09:00 PM
Oh what likeness! She is such a cutie http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif