View Full Version : first portrait in soft pastels

02-20-2001, 03:18 AM
hi everyone i have just started doing portraits about 2 weeks ago and the same time for using soft pastels..any comments would be much appreciated...i read the forumns all the time and i think use are all great...thanks for you help...best wishes ..wendee

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[This message has been edited by Roan (edited February 20, 2001).]

02-20-2001, 06:52 AM
<FONT COLOR="red">Wendee:

I hope it's okay but I added the image to your original post and deleted the other ones. At the bottom of each post, there is an option link to "edit". You can only edit your own posts (unless you are a moderator) -- anyhow, I've fixed the orginal post. Hope that's okay!</FONT c>

Welcome to WC! and the Pastels Forum! Always room for another pastelist :P

Lovely portrait! I'm not good at critiques, so I'll leave that to my more knowledgable and experienced peers.

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02-20-2001, 02:48 PM

Hi, and welcome to WetCanvas!

Your first time at portraits and pastels...wonderfully done. Of course there are some weaknesses, but you did a fine job on this piece!

I'll point out just a couple of things that will help you on the next portrait. The neck should have a more elegant shape. This one appears to be a bit block-like and the head sits atop of it. Soften the lower jaw line as well in places where it goes into the neck. This will bring the two togther better.

3/4 views are among the toughest to tackle. You did this very well and the shadow beneath the chin is especially nice. The nose is well done too.

The pupil of the eye and iris should be round, particularly when the figure is looking right at the viewer. Just reshape these just a bit to be more accurate.

Hope these help. Keep up the good work!


L. Diane Johnson (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/) NAPA, PSA
Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops/)

02-20-2001, 08:26 PM
Great start! You will succeed!
I agree with Diane, follow her lead.
I admire her advice. (wish I had an art teacher like her) http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
Oh! and welcome to the forum!

02-20-2001, 09:15 PM
OhjuOh Roan thanks for doing that for me ..i was not sure how to do it..thanks heaps....yes Diane i do see what you mean about the neck and the eyes...will change that...Ohju thanks for your advice also..it all helps...thanks again wendee