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07-20-2009, 07:46 PM
My neighbor sent my wife a B&W photo of her grandaughter shown here:


I decided to try to do it in pastels and add color, trying to get the values close but not worrying too much about color. Here is the result. Comments appreciated.


Paula Ford
07-20-2009, 09:21 PM
So sweet! She looks like a little angel!

07-20-2009, 09:27 PM
Hi Darrell,

It's looking good (and colour is not easy to do from a b/w photo!) but if it the tones you're looking for, you need more darks. Especially under the chin, where the shadow falls on the hair and the dark section between the hair and the right side of the face (as we look at it). Also, the upper part of the lower lip (where it disappears under tht upper lip). I use burnt umber for my darks, with a hint of orange.

A good trick, btw, is to convert the photo of the painting into black and white and cmapre it to the original photo.

Hope that helps - let me know how it goes!


07-20-2009, 10:48 PM
Quite frankly, the values in the photo are so difficult, and really unflattering, I am glad your painting does not follow them too closely. You'll notice that 95% of her face is in shadow - only that little sliver on her cheek is actually in the light - making for a very difficult lighting situation. Perhaps a few more darks for emphasis, but otherwise this is nicely done!


07-21-2009, 12:45 AM
Paula, Paul and Don- Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I have added more dark values under the chin and reworked some other areas to add a bit more contrast. Much better now.