View Full Version : Egyptian man, in pastels

04-10-2008, 02:43 AM
There's these guys everywhere in Egypt. They work for Tourism and antiquities and show you around the temples, unofficially, before unofficially asking you for money. Nice way to get paid twice. This guy didn't though. He was great and had such an expressive face. I've been meaning to do him for months and everytime I promise myself I'll do him, out pops another piece of wildlife. This time - I've actually started it. I haven't done a human for ages so I'm going to make it up as I go :lol:

My ref (which is also in the library)

So far I have only blocked in the main features, and the bits that look finished aren't finished at all. I'm still getting back into human mode and working out how to tackle things. Most of you have this down to a fine art, but not me no sirree!!

Despite using a grid, I've already had to move one of the eyes. It was like his face was bent and I didn't notice it until I reversed the image :lol:

I'm using Colourfix pastel paper, terra Cotta, about 12" x 12"


04-10-2008, 04:59 AM
Looking great so far, Patrick! :)....definitely got lots of expression to work with in that face!....certainly an interesting subject!

Guess you use a mirror too!!... I find mine invaluable...especially for people!!

Will really look forward to your updates!


ps don't forget no fur or scales!! :lol:

Merethe T
04-10-2008, 06:12 AM
Oooh, great start Patrick! Looks like a fun piece to do, great expression...I'll be watching, got my coffee and comfy chair.....


04-10-2008, 07:15 AM
Very nice Patrick...Can't wait to see more.

04-10-2008, 07:42 AM
What the...Very nice. I can't wait to see how this turns out but started very well. You Nailed the crooked nostrel:lol: :lol: . I think if this was a lion
He would be prettier. but good to see you branching out....or are you going to make alion chasing this guy?:thumbsup:
I can't tell you how funny I think I am....:lol:

K Taylor-Green
04-10-2008, 09:41 AM
Very impressive start Patrick.

04-10-2008, 11:25 AM
great reference and a great start ... *pulling up a chair* ... this will be great, no doubt about it ...

M Douglas
04-10-2008, 03:43 PM
Awesome so far Patrick. Pulls up a chair next to Merethe.

Peter you made me laugh!


04-10-2008, 05:25 PM
Looking good Patrick!!!
Had a giggle over the fact that you have not done a "Human"for a while,
This guy has heaps of character!! looking forwards to the progress..

04-10-2008, 06:47 PM
Great star.. wonderful reference photo.. WIll be checking in for the finish!!

04-11-2008, 12:32 AM
This is gonna be good. Will be checking in to see how it goes.

04-11-2008, 01:41 AM
Its interesting to see that you do humans much as you do animals. of course we humans are afterall animals under the veneer. This wonderful subject will be as fine as all your other creatures. Looking forward to seeing it develop.

pastel lover
04-11-2008, 01:56 AM
A very nice, solid start - should give a base for a great finished piece! Love the wrinkles! Interested in how you do the beard stubble.
Pastel Lover

Tracy Lang
04-11-2008, 07:19 PM
Always a treat to see your WIP! Love how you are using the value of the paper.
Can't wait to see more :)


04-13-2008, 09:43 AM
Damn Julie, scales and fur are so much easier than skin!!

Pete, you should be on tv :lol:

TJ, how did you spot that? You're right too :lol:

Pastel Lover, I'm interested in the way I'm going to do the beard stubble too :lol: I have no idea at the moment. I'll make it up as I go along.

To everyone who commented, many many thanks guys :)

Anyway, here I am with some more blocking in and adding a touch of colour to go with the scheme I want. I'm still not sure what I'm doing (that's why it's taking me so long - a few hours of work but a truckload of hours of staring :lol: ). Looks a bit weird at the moment but that's because I have absolutely no refining done at the moment, or beard lol.


04-13-2008, 10:51 AM
Patrick, this is more thrilling than telly (TV). Such character, and 'quaintness' in this subject. I bet he is laughing inside at the tourists being so naive and clueless, listening to a shrill voice nasalizing "Honey, what country are we in today? It is Tuesday, so it must be Greenland..." (Hrm, pardon me, a "silly attack".)

04-13-2008, 06:50 PM
Hey Patrick, hes looking great, the colour support your using is perfect for his skintone, wow, cant wait to see him finished..well done..

04-13-2008, 08:06 PM
your work is always amazing! looking forward to the finish.
Since I know nothing of portraiture i suppose the beard stubble is like really short fur, or something along those lines. we know you'll work it out perfectly.

04-14-2008, 08:52 PM
Thanks guys :)

Here's an update. I'm really not sure what I'm doing. I had to move one of the eyes yet again, and then when I reversed the original reference, I found out my Egyptian man has eyes that aren't on the same level anyway. It's amazing what our eyes 'think' they see! The beard stubble is very basic at this moment, just trying to work out which way I should go with it, but I'll add a couple more layers so it doesn't look so crappy. The chin is too wide now and the eyes will both probably be moved again, possibly to the back of his head so they won't give me any more trouble :lol:


04-14-2008, 10:48 PM
The beard is already looking credible and the face is very expressive. I'm wondering if it won't all pull together easier once the turban is toned down a bit with its shadowings? I really appreciate how yu share the process in small enough steps to really see what you do.

04-15-2008, 09:36 AM
Many thanks TJ :)

I've done a bit more work on things. A bit of tightening up and work started on the mouth. I haven't done much on the turban yet, just toned it down, but I'll add folds to it next.

The eyes tricked me. I kept reversing it and thinking that the eyes are wonky, and then I reversed the original and found his ARE wonky as I said earlier. I still thought that forwards, it looked right but reversed it looked way off, so I put the original over my piece in an editing program and found I wasn't far off at all. It's funny!! I have lost the shape on a couple of areas though, especially the mouth which I'll fix.

C&C appreciated so I know where to go as I'm a total novice with protraits.


04-15-2008, 05:11 PM
Wow! just Wow! really coming along Patrick With all that stubble He'd make a good scratch board subject and tool...I like his personality.

04-15-2008, 07:14 PM
WOW Patrick,he is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! so life like amazing!!!!!!

04-15-2008, 07:23 PM
OMG Patrick he is looking just superb, im really loving the way he looks, the beard is so real, the eyes are great too, well, hes all just perfect..hes not my type though :lol: :p :D well done..what cant you do :confused: :p

04-15-2008, 08:31 PM
Thanks guys :)

Pete :lol: That beard would be better than my knives and I'd never have to sharpen it - just wait a day and it would have grown some more :lol:

Thanks Veronica. The biggest help to me in this was getting my choice of coloured surface right in the first place. Sometimes, if you get it wrong, you end up fighting it the whole way through and not enjoying it. This is fun!

Nicky, what can't I do? I can't remember a bloody thing. I never know where I left my keys, or even my whole car sometimes :lol:

04-16-2008, 10:14 AM
This is pretty much it for this fellow. A bit of clean up work still to do, especially on the turban, but I'll do that later and move on to the next project. Thanks to all who watched :)


Here's a bit of a closeup


04-16-2008, 11:24 AM
excellent !!

04-16-2008, 08:36 PM
Never doubted how gorgeous he would turn out. I like everything about this one. The background really works well with the head too.

04-16-2008, 09:09 PM
Hi Patrick:wave: Hes just gorgeous, i love him, well done...:clap: :thumbsup:

04-17-2008, 10:54 AM
Fantastic! :clap: :clap: :clap:

04-17-2008, 05:50 PM
Just simply marvelous!!!


04-17-2008, 06:06 PM
Oh yes you do portraits! This is great!

04-17-2008, 07:31 PM

04-17-2008, 07:51 PM
Aw shucks :) :) You guys are great - thanks :)

04-18-2008, 06:15 AM
Hey Patrick, I love your new avatar :lol: :clap: :p Hes just great, even got the crooked nose right :thumbsup:

04-18-2008, 07:34 AM
Just found this, Patrick (I went looking for the source of your new avatar). It's awesome, truly fantastic! A novice at portraits? You must be kidding! Especially love the stubbly beard -- the strokes look so simple, but the effect is so lifelike -- and the purples and reds in the skin, plus the way you used those colors in the background. Love it:clap: !


Rose Baggs
04-18-2008, 04:34 PM
Fantastic portrait Patrick. It's hard to believe taht you're a novice on the subject...Wow!!!

Selahs art
04-18-2008, 04:49 PM
Fantastic portrait.

You def know how!!!!


Merethe T
04-18-2008, 05:43 PM
Awesome work, again! Great personality, you've captured him so well....you should do more portraits....

04-19-2008, 08:03 AM
Many many thanks :) I will definitely do more portraits!! I loved doing this one and with my travels (being a 'place dropper' here - I've been to over 50 countries) I've got lots of great references. Of course, I got 'run out' of quite a few of those countries http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Apr-2008/60252-machinegun.gif :lol:

04-19-2008, 04:40 PM
WOW! Patrick!....this turned out just perfect! :clap:...he's just full of character!....will keep a look out for more portraits from you! :)

Fantastic job! :thumbsup:


04-20-2008, 08:48 PM
Absolutely Terrific Patrick...Well done.

04-21-2008, 05:26 AM
Many thanks Richard and Julie.

(Seveer, that's a top name :lol: )

04-21-2008, 06:28 AM
Wow Patrick this is stunning!

Thanks for sharing.


04-21-2008, 04:24 PM
Just wow Patrick, well done :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:

04-21-2008, 06:14 PM
great portrait Patrick!

04-23-2008, 10:27 PM
lovely portrait Patrick I really like this one


04-23-2008, 10:38 PM
Yet another side of the talented Patrick Hedges reveals itself :clap: :clap:

Mate, you know how I feel about your work...but you really do just keep knocking me over. This is excellent :thumbsup:

04-24-2008, 12:13 AM
What a great portrait.. !! Thanks so much for the WIP!!

04-24-2008, 12:29 AM
Stopping by from the zoo and Patrick, he is wonderful excellent job =D, love the color choices, just simply outstanding=D

04-24-2008, 06:48 AM
Patrick you are a master..Great job

05-01-2008, 09:32 PM
Many many thanks everyone :) :)