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02-24-2008, 10:51 PM
A suggestion was made that I post a little larger view of one of my portraits in pastels. This is a self portrait. I used several photos from different angles for reference. Most of the work is done with pastel pencils. I love detail and strive to use colors that look as realistic as possible. I love motorcycles so therefore have done several portraits of riders and their "rides."

Terry Wynn
02-24-2008, 11:20 PM
Wonderful. Love the color and great work on the chrome and windshield. I could go on and on - it's just great!


02-24-2008, 11:23 PM
awesome !! .... simply awesome !!

02-25-2008, 12:57 AM
Star this is amazing! I thought this was the ref. You don't need to show the ref!

I love your hair, perfect for riding with a helmet...


02-25-2008, 01:10 AM
This is so nice .... the detail is wonderful.

Paula Ford
02-25-2008, 05:17 AM
Wow! Fabulous!


02-25-2008, 08:10 AM
Wow! The details - hands, chrome, etc. are wonderful! Makes me yearn to do our Honda Gold Wing! I have a photo of the grandkids on the bike and I've been toying with the idea of, at least, drawing it! Now...thanks for the inspiration,


02-25-2008, 02:39 PM
Thank you all for the wonderful compliments. I work very slowly and am so particular. I would love to do some portraits that are more expressive with less detail just as a challenge to see if I can. I have seen beautiful work posted by many of you pastel artists. I had no idea there were so many gifted and talented pastel artists out there. Thank you also for inspiring me to keep going.

02-25-2008, 03:14 PM
Wow! What a marvelous painting. It's beautifully rendered.


Gail V
02-25-2008, 05:51 PM
This is incredible, amazing work! Thanks for sharing! WOW!

02-25-2008, 06:27 PM
Love it. What an awesome job you have done. Both are interesting subjects, for sure.

02-25-2008, 06:52 PM
This is super!

02-25-2008, 07:46 PM
So much detail!!! Wonderful work:)

02-25-2008, 07:47 PM
So much detail!!! Wonderful work:)

02-25-2008, 08:41 PM
i agree with sonita, all three times! teehee! really tho., this is amazing work, and i think i 'know' you by this portrait both as sitter and artist. wow!

water girl
02-25-2008, 08:57 PM
Star! This is one of the coolest self portraits I've seen. Your work is incredible...nice composition, pallette and detail. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

02-25-2008, 09:36 PM
wow really incredible, the skin tones completely blew me away :clap:

02-26-2008, 08:08 AM
The detail is amazing Star. Is your ride a heritage delux? Nice bike, i am currently on a '05 883 sportster custom. I was thinking about having a go at painting the bikes when i am finished with the few birthday presents i have lined up, and now after seeing your's i might just have to give it a go earlier, maybe one of my hubby on his bike for his birthday is in order, mmm you have me thinking. Agian a very nice painting, i love it.

Anna Marie
02-26-2008, 10:48 AM
Love the Painting its Stunning.

02-26-2008, 10:55 AM
Great work Starlett

I am always curious as to size. What size is this and is it on velour? It has that soft look one gets with velour.

Cheers, Dianna

02-26-2008, 12:37 PM

02-26-2008, 12:44 PM
WOW! totally stunning.

02-26-2008, 03:17 PM
My portait is 18 x 24 on Canson Mi-Teintes paper. I did not use velour paper for this one. I have done a couple of things on velour and do struggle with it. I love its soft quality, but have to get used to its characteristics. Thank you for your compliments--they really mean a lot to me after looking at your work on your website. It is so fabulous. I though I had detail! I would love to see how you approach such detail. Thanks, again.


02-26-2008, 03:22 PM
My ride is a 2006 Softail Deluxe. The first portrait with a bike was my husband on his '48 Panhead. I will post that soon if you would like to see it. I used many photographs of the subject, but pretty much had to have the motorcycle near where I was working so that I could look back and forth on each part that I rendered. The hours involved for each of the motorcycle portraits numbered at least 80. I think you should go ahead and do one for your husband. Mine loved his!

02-26-2008, 04:57 PM
Awesome work ! The detail is amazing.

02-26-2008, 09:43 PM
Love the fringed bangs repeated by the jacket's fringe. It looks like a photograph it's so well rendered. Blue jeans look real as does everything. Wonderfully painted.

02-27-2008, 12:36 PM
You did a great job on proportions!!

02-27-2008, 11:03 PM
Amazing detail....great likeness and wonderful real life rendering!

02-29-2008, 06:46 PM
This is amazing. The detail is wonderful, and very realistic. I love the background, the color and simplicity of it. Keep posting your work, I'd love to see more! Great job!

02-29-2008, 06:53 PM
I again want to thank everyone for the wonderful compliments. It really inspires me to keep working. I never tire of hearing that my work is a success, especially from so many gifted artists whose work appears on this site. I plan to post more of my work. I have learned so much from reading the comments and searching the forums. There are new techniques and ideas emerging everyday. That is what is so wonderful about being in love with art.

02-29-2008, 11:07 PM
WOW!!! Your work is stunning.... I love this , especially your attention to detail!!! Wonderful realism.... I like to other artists out there who are a realism addict like me :P
I just have somuch to learn!!!!
Man... Your work inspires me to reach higher!!!
Wonderful portrait!! and what a blessing...... to go off in the wind on a Harley!!!!


02-29-2008, 11:35 PM

The meatl feeling is spot on.
Aswome work !
Long time ago I tried an Harley on velour. There are a few bits left.

Kind regards,


03-01-2008, 05:37 AM
Very realistic and lovely neat work!

03-04-2008, 11:35 AM
Hi, I often do automotive subjects but never in pastel because I thought it wouldn't really work for the level of detail on the chrome and paint that I strive for. However, I was very inspired by this portrait and wondered if you had any other similar work to share. I'm thinking now that some experimental pastel work with my automotive subjects is in order.

03-04-2008, 09:25 PM
Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate hearing from so many talented people in their own right.

I will post some other portraits with motorcycles that I have done with pastels. The chrome and paint take a lot of time and I make sure that my subjects (the motorcycles) are always nearby when I work. Sometimes I work on several paintings at once to give myself a break from the tedious nature of this kind of work.