Re: Just finished Pastel Portrait
Andrew Kenyon, this is simply breathtaking. You have done an amazing job in making her so 3d she almost pops out of the screen.
One thing which I noticed when compared to the reference photo is her left cheek (as she faces us). There is a slight roundness to it making her a little more plump and young, whereas keeping it straight makes her look older and skinnier. I think this is a matter of millimetres.
Also, if you look at the angle of the head, there is a slight of tilt if you draw a line from the eyes. This might be too hard to correct now and you've done an amazing job and it would be a shame to alter it.
This is why I prefer to trace. At the moment it's just too much hard work to get a likeness without the use of tools.