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Old 10-31-2017, 03:41 PM
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Hey guys, I've had a look through and can't see if I've shared any of these before so I'll put them here anyway (sorry they're big and blurry )
All done in pastels. I go through phases with my drawings and had a couple of rough commissions a few weeks ago which brought my confidence down! However Christmas orders are coming in so I'm feeling inspired

I've ordered some coloured pencils to try out so excited for those to arrive!
Although I'm now more confident with using colour, I don't like how they still have a cartoony feel to them.. I love realism but cant ever get it! People say that thats probably just my style.. has anyone else found they don't like their own style?













Any tips would be greatly received! Not keen on the paper I use.. I cant seem to cover it properly, like it always shows through in places?

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Old 10-31-2017, 04:48 PM
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TERRIFIC WORK!!! Personally I find your "style" just fine, but that's just me.

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Old 10-31-2017, 05:12 PM
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I really like your style and think all these pieces are charming.

I can't offer any advice on using pastels as I've never done a pastel painting I've been happy with but I do like the way the colours look in yours. I don't see them as cartoony, there is a lot of character and expression in them. I know what you mean about not being happy with your style - some of us never are! I keep trying to paint more loosely but when I do I'm not happy so I have to add more detail, and this happens no matter how hard I try! I guess it just makes us practice more and produce more paintings, which can't be bad thing.
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Terrific... well done.. I like the expression of the first dog
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I love all the colors in the first dog!
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Sam, these don't have a cartoony feel at all about them. The are terrific portraits. All the animals show 'soul' and I would not change a thing. We have some great pastel painters on the forum and I am sure you will receive good tips regarding the paper. What paper are you using? Also could you give us some idea of the size of these works. Always interesting to know. Well done.
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:44 AM
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Thank you all for your feedback!

The first dog has to be one of my favourites, it was one of those that was just a pleasure to do all the way through!!
Interesting that I have a completely different view of them than others do, but yeah it definitely makes you keep practicing!

They're all 9x12, on Daler Rowney Ingres paper (The one with four dogs was a1 mountboard which I preferred!)
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:52 PM
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Thank you!

I'm currently working on a double portrait, this paper is smooth so I think I'll be leaving the Ingres behind? Also my pencils came today so I'll pop over to the CP forum and have a browse
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How beautiful and I love them ALL!
Your style is certainly not cartoony! Your style is your style and it will always be your style. I remember, years ago trying to change my style....I gave up after a while, so my paintings/drawings are mine and that's what it will be! So be proud of your style, and obviously if you have clients buying your work, others like them too! Well done!

I've never liked Ingres paper for pastels. I do lots of pastel paintings, and use mainly Mi-Teintes if I'm not intending to put on many layers, or if I'm painting for an Exhibition I usually use a sanded paper such as Colorfix.
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These have wonderful expression and I agree with others that they are not cartoony at all. As far as paper - I have been doing a lot of work in pastels the last year or two and started off struggling to like my work until I switched paper. I primarily use sanded Colorfix now for all of my pet portraits and I love the richness of coverage you can get with the layers that that paper can hold. Made an enormous difference for me. My style tends to a more expressive feel, but with the right paper I feel like I can in corporate detail as well.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:27 PM
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Very nice work Sam.
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Each one is outstanding! Sam, you have a true calling for rendering animal portraits!!!
I don't do many pastels anymore but do prefer Mi-Teintes by Canson.
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Hi I had not seen your work in a while they look great doesnt look cartoonish to me, sometime i find my eork looks cartoonish too
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Hey Sam, love your work!! Don't be too hard on yourself, (we've all been there)your work/style is fabulous! Keep doing what you are doing.
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