View Full Version : Portrait of Brandy

03-01-2000, 05:48 PM
Okay, gang, I'll thrown in a portrait too. This is my daughter, or rather, what she looked like 18 years ago. This is my first portrait in pastels--love the medium for this!! Tell me what you think, please.




03-01-2000, 06:05 PM
g,,,,what was the medium....pastel?

03-01-2000, 06:26 PM

Phyllis Rennie
03-01-2000, 08:03 PM
What a wiseguy he (Milt) is!!!

I like the way you filled up the entire space with the image. Maybe some stronger highlights would give her a bit more "spark". I'm not sure where the light source is.

03-01-2000, 09:16 PM
Hey Gis..don't be afraid to use color and maybe the flesh tone would show up better. A few highlights could establish a light source too. I think it is really good for being
your very first in pastels!!

03-02-2000, 01:13 AM
OMG Bruin...too funny!! I love the shades--now she looks like me! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Yes, it is done in pastels.
No particular light source...lived in Oregon at the time and the sun was pretty rare. On top of that, the original photo was taken on a camping trip in the woods.
What kind of colors, Carol? I don't do much in the way of portraits (mostly just in ink) and the photo was pretty dim so not sure where to go with that.
Thank so much for your suggestions and the...uh...rework...lol!

Gisela http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

03-02-2000, 02:54 PM
Gisela..up close and personal...I was immediately struck by the "closeness" of your daughter..almost like you tapped her on her shoulder, and she turned. I like the drawing VERY much..(I like pastels very much, haven't used them in years..but I like their "quickness"). I hope you continue to use them...this portrait is wonderful. Her eyes are VERY expressive. (Would like to see another portrait of your daughter..let her know you'd like to do another..18 years later! (I'd like to see more Gisela!) Michael

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03-02-2000, 02:58 PM
Gisela..it is a bit unnerving...but the likeness to someone I've see in chat is beyond coincidence!............(milt...do you see it also?!?!?)
Hope to see you in chat soon, Michael
(seriously..Gisela..keep those pastels close at hand)

irene clark
03-02-2000, 07:37 PM
Hi there Gisela,
What a cutey patooty, a livin doll, don't cha know.
What do you think of hi lites in her wonderful red hair.
And those expressive eyes, those impish eyes, I think deserve some twinkle.
Perhaps a tad more outline around the mouth, it seems a bit faded, but that could just be the scanning. A dash of moisture on the lower lip might add to that angelic expression.
What a sweety-pie.
Am I partial to wee girls? You betcha. I used to have 2 of my own, but alas they grew up too fast. They're 26 and 23 now. sigh.
Don't you just love working with pastels, they are still my favorite.
Irene Clark with a heart for art.

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03-03-2000, 08:06 AM
Second the suggestion to add some highlights.

03-03-2000, 10:22 PM
Gis..about colors....I just thought that maybe the tops of her cheeks would be a tad
lighter than the rest of her face. Also I can imagine some slight shadows cast upon her forehead from some of her bangs. Changes in value in the face and hair can create a less
flat look. I love this piece, and I am not speaking as an expert in pastels, far from it! So, maybe I spoke out of turn here, but am going from my own experience using w/c.
She is such a doll...!!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


03-03-2000, 11:34 PM
This must be "portrait of daughters" week! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

I like your portrait and it is very expressive - really nice drawing and catching a great expression.

The color of her jacket bothers me some. it's kind of a muddy color.

I'm not familiar with pastels but overall the coloring seems somewhat 'cartoonish.' Perhaps that's a lack of a wide range of values? Or maybe that's just the look of pastel.

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