View Full Version : African Future FINISHED

04-27-2011, 09:16 AM
What? Two pastels from me in the same week? :lol:

Just working on this as I have an article to write for Australian Artist and am submitting the WIP for this. I hope I don't stuff up. It's a boy I met in Namibia.

18" x 12"


04-27-2011, 09:37 AM
Very good Patrick. Excellent use of the Red color. Bill

John Palmer Fine Art
04-27-2011, 10:05 AM
This is a wonderful portrait Patrick, very skilfully executed, what surface is this painted on? Can't wait for the next update.

04-27-2011, 10:55 AM
What a beautiful start. I love the way you're using the color of the paper to your advantage. It is going to harmonize the painting very well. I'm looking forward to your updates.

04-27-2011, 11:59 AM
Patrick: Fantastic so far....a winner for sure.

04-27-2011, 03:19 PM
Beautiful work Patrick!

04-27-2011, 03:39 PM
Fabulous Patrick! You've done that face so well I am in awe!! I've recently done a portrait of a black girl and got most confused with the colours reflected in the skin....but I put them all in anyway!
That is a hard expression to portray I think, but it looks so natural. The finish will, I'm sure, be great!

04-27-2011, 04:00 PM
This looks brilliant already. Looking forward to seeing the next stage.


Merethe T
04-27-2011, 05:57 PM
Patrick, great to see you back! :wave:
Your portraits are always brilliant, and this is no exception - it is awesome already....the technical side is flawless, but what really gets me every time is your ability to capture the personality of your subject and how you make them come alive on the paper - amazing...

John B
04-27-2011, 06:26 PM
Superb start, love the expression on this little chaps face, looking forward to seeing it develop.


04-27-2011, 08:18 PM
Thanks so much guys :) Lovely comments

Sorry John, I should have said it's Art Spectrum Coloufix, Terra Cotta colour. I particularly like that shade for most of the African work I do as it seems to do a lot of the work for me. If I get the colour choice wrong to start with, I end up fighting things rather than it just flowing.

I thought I'd put up a few WIP shots up to this point. I did my grid drawing on another sheet of paper and then transfered to the Colourfix. In general I've used pencils mostly but also some sticks for the larger areas. I'm nowhere near as good with sticks as some of you amazing artists.






The colours I've used in the eyes. The tortillon is to fuzz the separation between iris and white as there is never a hard line there.


I do a lot of finger blending in the underlying layers but less so on the top


The colours I've used around the mouth


04-27-2011, 09:16 PM
Awesome already Patrick :clap: :clap: :clap:

Sitting on the sidelines watching this one. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Apr-2011/34523-popcorn_muncher.gif

Cheers, Dianna

04-27-2011, 10:00 PM
This is already spectacular!

Thank you so much for sharing the process... it's invaluable to see how the accomplished artists here go about their painting, and so inspiring. I look forward to more!

Vivien Maloney
04-27-2011, 11:52 PM
Looking really good Patrick! Looking forward to your article in the Australian Artist magazine.

04-28-2011, 05:40 AM
Thanks guys :)

Ok, here's the finish with a couple of close-ups

First, the final stage before the finish


The completed piece




John Palmer Fine Art
04-28-2011, 07:16 AM
Wow terrific finish Patrick and what a treat to see all those stages, thanks for posting them.

04-28-2011, 08:59 AM
What a wonderful WIP - makes me want to try pastel. Such stunning results!

Orchid Lady
04-28-2011, 11:23 AM
The eyes really grab the viewer and the light on the face is terrific!

04-28-2011, 12:55 PM
Wow this is just amazing, love the way you have captured the skin tones and expression! Gorgeous

John B
04-28-2011, 02:09 PM
Absolutely stunning as I knew it would be.


04-28-2011, 03:11 PM
That went way too fast!! :lol: Awesome piece, thanks so much for sharing.

Cheers, Dianna

04-28-2011, 05:23 PM
Terrific, lovely to see the whole process. Thanks a lot.

04-29-2011, 06:46 AM
Awesome portrait! so well done and alive! I enjoy to see your steps, thanks for sharing. What's the brand of your pencils?

04-29-2011, 08:18 AM

04-29-2011, 06:34 PM
Thanks for sharing. Great painting on many different levels: emotionally, compositionally and with colour choices.

04-29-2011, 06:41 PM
wow! awesome job

05-01-2011, 08:21 PM
Many thanks guys :) You know how to keep someone motivated.

Etoiledusoir, most of them are Conte and I can't remember which brands I used for the soft sticks as I got them all mixed. To be quite honest, I hardly care which brands I use - terrible I know. I do a lot of stuff by feel and intuition. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn't :lol:

05-02-2011, 09:02 AM
Thank you for the response and Bravo for your portrait. I have a few Conte and I recently purchased Pitt Fabercastel. I hesitate and I don't know which choose to complete my colors. Indeed, it seems to me that the Conte work better on paper, although they have a hardest point, Pitts are softer but take less.

05-02-2011, 09:35 AM
I know when I click on your posts I'm in for a real treat. This one didn't let me down. Just superb. Expression deluxe here. Colors are happily jamming along & your choice of subject always speaks words from the paper.

05-02-2011, 12:30 PM
Thanks for showing the WIPS, especially in such detail. Great stuff!


05-02-2011, 12:37 PM
Partrick...even though this doesn't have WIP in the title...it is a superb WIP....would you mind if we had a copy in our WIP section?:thumbsup:

05-05-2011, 08:34 AM
Thanks so much guys :)

Deirdre, not a problem at all - I'm honored :)

05-05-2011, 09:50 AM
Absoluetly breathtaking!