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Old 03-22-2011, 09:19 PM
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Portraits In Pastel .....

Although have been painting portraits in watercolour for a while... especially children... I started using soft pastels instead of watercolour in January 2010 and painted my first pastel portrait in September. Since then Ive done just 4 human portraits.... and since joining this forum thought it was an opportunity to gather these together in one place.

They are all painted from photos.. either my own or by WCers that Ive used with permission.


Starting with the earliest........

Sandy's Snowchild [september 2010]



Tony [october 2010]



Zahrah [december 2010]



Absorbed
march 2011



C&C very much welcomed.... I am still learning in this medium

There have been animal portraits and figures ... but not for show here !!!
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:37 PM
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

The dark haired one is phenom.

The red head's edges are calling for attention; to me, eyes need a little harder, head, couch a wee bit softer...

Zahrah is wonderful. Perhaps a few darkest darks...?

Sandy's Snowchild: as my teacher says, "Don't touch it!"
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

Thanks for showing us! Its like a mini exhibition.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:02 AM
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

These are wonderful! Especially the last one of the boy reading - just love that one!! The palette works so well!
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

i love them all ,beautiful rich colors
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:24 AM
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

You are doing very well. I love them all and expecially the last one of the boy reading. The composition is so nice as are the shadows on the face. My one critique is the boys hand, it needs more deliniation in the palm. I do love the shadows in the arm and the hand though. I don't know really how to tell you to fix it but that it just doesn't quite look done compared to the rest of the painting. Thanks for the show!

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Old 03-23-2011, 11:32 AM
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

Continued from my last post.... The thumb looks like it coming too forward, it needs just a bit more shadow. in my opinion.
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

Beautiful portraits with lovely skin tones and very expressive faces.
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

Wow Jaytee ... is all I can say !
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Lovely work JT
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:57 PM
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

Thank you all so much for your kind comments .........and useful observations and opinions which I shall study carefully.............though I had such a struggle with the boy reading that I dare not touch it again !!!

moderator note - edited your post to clear up change to thread! thx. - kevinwueste
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:29 AM
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

Hi, I like your portraits. You have the essence of the kids and I think that is most important. Rather it's realism or impressionistic is a matter of choice but the essence needs to be there to make the portrait believable. I age 51 and have been doing portraits in pastels for quite awhile. I resently started portraits with oil pastels. That a lot of fun.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:44 AM
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

I agree with Tommie that I like the boy reading the best. It may have technical problems but there is so much good in it. For example, you control the viewer eyes with the boys intense pal face. It's so strong that I don't want to look anywhere else but the boy's eyes make you look at what he's looking at. Once you look at the book there is no reason to hang around so the intense face draws you back to look at the essence of a boy reading. Good job.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:59 AM
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

They are All quite lovely!!!!! The compositions and colors work well together.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:50 PM
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Re: Portraits In Pastel .....

Sherribaby..... thankyou for your kind words

And Fostgraf......thankyou too..... I really appreciate your comments .....particularly about the boy reading....... the movement your eyes took around the painting was what I was hoping to achieve so I was delighted to read your thoughts. Fortunately, although it was not a commission, his parents were delighted with it......and I'm hoping to personally gift the painting to the lad and his father if they manage a trip to England next year


I have just bought some oil pastels and a 'Serious beginners' book..... and am looking forward to trying portraits in those to........



(Thanksfor the tidy up Kevin
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