View Full Version : Horse portrait in carbothello/conte

steph G
06-30-2009, 09:40 AM
This is a Welsh pony stallion, the sweetest and most handsome pony I have ever met.
My first attempt at a head portrait in pastels. 12 x 12" square (not commissioned this one is a 'for sale' I think!)
I am quite pleased though I found the pastels a little frustrating at times, compared with the precision of the CPs.
Hope you like!

Paula Ford
06-30-2009, 10:18 AM
WOW! Wonderful piece!

steph G
06-30-2009, 10:37 AM
Thanks Paula :)

06-30-2009, 11:23 AM
WOW - only one word I can express right now! Fantastic. Truly - this is very very well done! Congratulations and get lots and lots of $ for this when you sell it!


06-30-2009, 11:27 AM
gorgeous! great job!

steph G
06-30-2009, 11:54 AM
Thanks very much Benoonan and Fiannah :)

06-30-2009, 02:01 PM
Very-very pretty! And attitude is shown so well. Welsh, for sure, but still very much similar to my Morgan mare... :-)

Don't you just love to work with those pencils ?!..

BTW, any suggestions on sharpener for Conte?..
I love those pensils for their colors and quality, but looks like nothing is woring with them, even sharpeners that will fit that big size usually doesn't do good job (or working just for a while and then... just like the rest of them - do not work any more!) :-(

Merethe T
06-30-2009, 03:15 PM
Beautiful portrait! Very well done indeed, you did him justice....

06-30-2009, 03:56 PM
:thumbsup: Just right! Like the use of the paper for the shine also! Good job!

Tracy Lang
06-30-2009, 08:53 PM
Fantastic portrait!!! I just love the subtle tones. His sweetness is very apparent. Hope to see more of your wonderful work :)


06-30-2009, 08:57 PM
Wonderful and love the details. I do wish the portrait continued to the edge of the paper though -- this style just seems disembodied to me.

07-01-2009, 12:25 AM
this is fantastic. What do you think of the Carbothellos waiting on a set. The conte set i got i ended up sending it back. i tried adding a few highllights with them and all it seem to do was take colour off, instead of putting it on. I do love this.

07-01-2009, 05:01 AM
Wonderful - excellent job!


steph G
07-01-2009, 05:12 AM
Thanks all!
Pete, I LOVE the carbothellos, much more so than the Derwent which I find scratchy and uncooperative! They do suit the contes very well but I have used them on their own with equal sucess. (they seem to be quite 'hardy' too after I dropped a couple with no ill effects! *OOPS* )
Aolaranora I use a craft knife I have gone though too many sharpeners!
Kenny.. I always feel that if the portrait is right to the edge then it HAS to have a background aswell. I decided against a Bg so left it vignette(sp?)
In an ideal world I would have made the neck longer than the nose as it would have looked much better..but the scrap of paper I chose wasnt the best shape for that!

Thanks again! I really appreciate the feedback :thumbsup: :clap:

07-01-2009, 09:34 AM
Amazingly beautiful.

Shirl Parker
07-01-2009, 03:54 PM
Fantastic work.

Terry Wynn
07-01-2009, 04:02 PM
Beautiful. What a gorgeous painting!


07-01-2009, 08:51 PM
This is really beautiful. The pastels may not have the precision of CPs but you have done a wonderful job with the detail anyway.

07-01-2009, 09:05 PM
Hope to see you getting frustrated again soon and posting more like this, simply gorgeous work

steph G
07-02-2009, 03:11 AM
Wow! thanks for all your lovely comments it has really made my morning!