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Old 04-27-2011, 09:14 AM
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African Future FINISHED

Just working on this pastel. 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"

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Great work, Patrick. Those eyes are mesmerizing.

Please, could you tell us what kind of pastels are you using.?

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:53 AM
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excellent work... like to see the finished one...
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stunning already - patrick !!!
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Saw this one in "pastels" Patrick...can't wait to see the fabulous finish.
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Great skin tones. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.
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Re: African Future WIP

Thanks so much guys Lovely comments

Sorry Luicre, it's mostly Conte pencils with some various sticks used for the larger areas. I should also 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. There are some pics which show the colours I'm using, and of course, the main colour is the paper that shows through.











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

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This is wonderful.
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Patrick- wonderful work as usual- and its about time we had pastel portraits featured in Australian Artist!
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:42 AM
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Many thanks Georgia

Bethany thanks, not sure when it will come out. The last one I did (scratchboard) only took two or three months which I thought was pretty darn good. Funny story - I saw it on the newstands and thought I'd better buy a copy of it since it has my scratchboard article in it. When I got home, there were five free ones waiting for me

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

First, the final stage before the finish



The completed piece





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Fantastic to see the superb finish to this- congratulations, Patrick!
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Excellent work and the WIP is great to see !! Great work Patrick!

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Fantastic! THe choice of paper colour works really well for this too

Thanks for showing the WIP

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An excellent WIP Patrick!! Nicki
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Patrick, this is such beautiful work, just enough definition of features in your finish to make it charming!
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