View Full Version : Old man, WIP in Pastel

05-30-2008, 09:41 AM
This is another WIP, 16" x 11", soft pastels on Terra Cotta Colourfix. I'll put up the first three stages and that's where I'm at right now.

Finding the lights

Getting in to some of the darks and establishing the colour scheme

And then throwing in some detail to give me a 'win' so some parts are nearly finished while most of it isn't even started. This is a very poor photo with lots of glare. I'll get better ones in later stages.

A lot more fun than my last effort which was a miniature in pastels and was damn hard work!!

05-30-2008, 11:21 AM
Here's a small update before bed with a better photo of it :music: :music: :music: (<---music to go to bed to) :wave:


Dana Design
05-30-2008, 01:24 PM
Patrick, your portraits are just amazing. These characters come to life in your hands. Well done.

05-30-2008, 06:21 PM
Man! I enjoy watching these!


05-30-2008, 10:24 PM
It is so amazing to watch these fabulous faces emerge from the paper. So wonderful of you to share the process.

terence p
05-31-2008, 12:28 AM
I thinks Nancy said it perfectly, it is like watching a face emerging from the paper. Great work

05-31-2008, 01:31 PM
Great subject and beautiful work again, Patrick:thumbsup:

05-31-2008, 02:52 PM
It's interesting to see how you started from one side of the paper and still have a coherent portrait!Very nice!

05-31-2008, 08:27 PM
Thankyou everyone. Such wonderful comments :)

This is where I'm at with this old man.


05-31-2008, 09:54 PM
Oh Patrick, I am enjoying this portrait very much. His eyes and expression are coming to life here for sure. You are one very talented artist. :)

06-01-2008, 09:54 AM
Many thanks Sue :)

Well, I've come to the stage where I turn it around for a while to see if it needs any adjustment. Thanks to those who've watched :)


And a couple of details about one and a half times actual size just to show that it's all fairly straight forward stuff.



Dana Design
06-01-2008, 10:24 AM
It's too wonderful! Absolutely beautiful portrait. Thank you!

And this one needs to go into the Portrait Classroom!

valentine girl
06-16-2008, 09:04 AM
:heart:i am in awe . this portrait is stunning. valentine girl

07-06-2008, 07:06 PM
Thank you. amazing development!

07-17-2008, 04:07 PM
It's really beautiful. I know that's not helpful, but at least it makes you feel good! :) Besides, it's true. It's a lovely picture. :clap: The only thing, and it's minor, is that since his face is lit from the side, with the left side of his face in shadow, I find the sclera (whites) of the eyes look a little too similar in value. It may be the photograph though. I find with mine that photos flatten out similar values so things look more 'smoothed' out and flatter than they actually are.

07-17-2008, 09:10 PM
The only adjustment is to the gentleman's right ear ( ie:our left as we view it). As for the eyes...the old man maybe going blind in his left eye and that is why his right one seems clearer.
Congratulations on a superb piece of work.

Kind regards,

07-18-2008, 05:03 AM
No, what I meant was that the left eye's sclera looks too bright (light)...too equal to the right eye which is in the light. The right eye should be brighter based on the light source, not that the one looks clearer than the other one. Hopefully that helps clarify what I meant. Again, I reiterate, it's a great picture. Any critique I ever give is to be helpful, not to tear it apart so I hope it doesn't come across that way.

07-28-2008, 02:03 PM
Stunning!!! the wrinkles are so lively. thanks for sharing this. :)

08-05-2008, 09:28 PM
Patrick-Although I normally see you in wildlife I would recognize your wonderful work anywhere...This is great

08-21-2008, 03:43 AM
Patrick, this is so amazing! I love all the wrinkles and different shades!

08-21-2008, 09:43 PM
Patrick, good on you, looks brilliant.

Jan Hanson
08-23-2008, 02:34 PM
Truly can feel a sense of resignation in his eyes. Beautifully captured. Inspiring to behold!

08-26-2008, 08:56 AM
Wow!!! This is amazing. Your technique is wonderful.

08-26-2008, 04:05 PM
Wonderful portrait :clap: Wish i could do like that with pastels, they're rather not usual medium to me but having watched this WIP made me want to practice more :)

09-17-2008, 09:11 PM
I have always admired your work Patrick, but seeing the demonstration of how you do it, makes it appear almost like magic!! I love the expressions on the faces of your people; like looking into their souls!! Bravo!!

10-16-2008, 04:13 AM
Patrick.This is excellent. you've made the portrait "sing" . it looks like you could feel the texture and contours of the skin and I am in awe!

10-23-2008, 03:44 PM
Awestruck is the only word that comes close to expressing my feeling about this old man portrait! I would never have guessed out of that strong first layer that a wonderful portrait would emerge. Talent is in your fingertips! Paint on and on and on!!!!:clap:

11-22-2008, 12:12 AM
Many thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments :) :)

11-24-2008, 10:17 PM
Absolutely breathtaking. I joined today and what a wonderful gift I received.......seeing your amazing art. I am speechless. Dina

11-25-2008, 05:58 AM
great pic comes alive as you watch daleo...

12-01-2008, 01:03 AM
Daleo and Dina, many many thanks :) :)

12-04-2008, 12:08 AM
All being well I will visit this classroom more often in the new year, something to look forward to.
Enjoy the season all

12-20-2008, 10:26 PM
Hi Les. Many thanks :)

12-26-2008, 01:27 AM
WOW....this is amazing!! Loved every stroke in this and a great study!
Thanks so much for posting......

lyn lynch
07-20-2009, 08:37 PM
:heart: :eek: :eek: :envy: :heart: :heart:

Astounding. This is the first piece I have see of yours.

09-15-2009, 11:01 PM
Hi Orph and Fookie, thank you so much for the great words :)

11-08-2009, 03:51 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your process- it is incredibly helpful to a novice like me- I hope you find much joy in your work, it is a pleasure to see it!!

11-19-2009, 09:23 PM
Oh My GOSH, this is great, I love when an artist like yourself shows the steps. You can actually watch this man come alive. What a beautiful job you did here.
Thanks for showing us, so much. loxley

12-03-2009, 08:33 PM
Many thanks Sherry and Danni :)

bruce johnson
12-16-2009, 02:32 AM
Nice job Patrick.. :clap: :clap: :wave:

12-16-2009, 08:28 PM
Bruce, I've always enjoyed your work so thank you very much :)

01-12-2010, 06:24 PM
This is beautiful and full of emotion

01-25-2010, 07:59 PM
Very beautiful work. I must say seeing the close ups have really helped me to see the detail in your work. It is surprising how soft the close up details look, as when seeing the whole picture the detail seems more defined.

02-15-2010, 08:46 PM
thanks for showing us this amazing piece of artwork. you are truly talented and blessed. As I read the comments, I noticed everyone's artwork in thumbnails, I wanted to look at and study all of them. (so much beauty) but, I had to drag myself away, I would get lost and forget why I was here today.. LottsieIvy

02-23-2010, 09:06 PM
Many thanks guys :)

02-24-2010, 02:36 PM
Wow Patrick this is magnificent! I really enjoyed watching this come to life!

06-18-2010, 08:26 AM
Amazing! I particularly love the way you have incorporated the colour of the paper into the end product

12-24-2010, 01:56 PM
I am in admiration also, this is stunning work, thanks for sharing this.

12-26-2010, 05:14 PM
My hat is off to you - beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes

03-09-2011, 10:41 PM
Thanks Patrick. I love drawing old men this has help me improve.

06-11-2011, 11:17 AM
Your portrait is beautiful!

07-25-2011, 05:18 AM
Thanks for all the 'too' kind words :) :)

07-27-2011, 12:05 PM
Hi Patrick, amazing work. Can you tell me what pastels and paper you used?

I've done one oil paint portrait. Do you find pastels an easier medium than oils?


07-27-2011, 08:13 PM
Amrit, thank you. I gravitate to drawing tools so my work with pastels and scratchboard are a natural fit for me. I struggle with oils because I struggle with brushes :lol:

I used Art Spectrum Colourfix for this and an assortment of all types of pastels.

08-29-2011, 03:23 PM
Wonderful portrait Patrick! So alive! I enjoyed your last comment. I'm used to seeing your scratchboard work. I paint in oils but I find myself using scratchboard techniques with my brushes all the time.

09-24-2011, 01:14 PM
WOw those wrinkles are awesome! You should do a tuitorial on how to do wrinkles! I get so lost in the folds (hahaha):lol:

11-03-2011, 12:42 AM
Wow, wow, WOW.

02-10-2012, 09:33 PM
Just WOW!

02-10-2012, 10:29 PM
Patrick, this is absolutely amazing. It feels like this person is very close to you .
Thanks for sharing this. :)

05-11-2012, 10:15 AM
this is brilliant..you must have patience of a saint though.

11-26-2012, 01:20 AM
I know thisis work you did some time ago but wowlove it.

12-10-2013, 09:06 PM
Very nice!

03-22-2016, 03:36 PM
Thanks for sharing the progression. Beautiful painting!!

09-25-2017, 03:33 PM
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Manju Panchal

01-08-2018, 05:18 PM
Such a beautiful piece of artwork!