This is Shelbry- about 2.5 hours on Canson in soft pastel. I began this with soft shapes of color and built it up very gradually. It was a real test of patience for me. With only a half hour to go, the only part near finish was the close eye.
The long preparation was worthwhile- all was good with proportion, placement, value, and color- so the last detailing work (far eye, nose, mouth, hair) fell into place very quickly. She plans to buy this for herself- it is a good likeness- and the earlier portrait I did of her daughter!
The rich, warm darks are a challenge in pastel, but are made simply of about 4 colors. I would like to to work for about 4-5 hours on a portrait in this building-up method to see where it would go:
This is Maria from a class I'm teaching- about 30 min (very fast for me!) with vine charcoal and a touch of charcoal pencil and kneaded eraser for corrections and lights. Rather than line as a basis, I used a concept of 'building up' developing simple, soft shapes to begin with. It is a good likeness of her, and I like the soft edges and suggested detail.