Last week I started a portrait of 3 basset hounds. A father and his two sons of different ages. One son is approx 6 months and the other approx 2 months.
It is a commission and a very big project for me. I do not have much experience with pastelpencils yet but I feel confident enough to take this commission. However I only sell it if I am satisfied and if the potentional buyers are satisfied. That gives me the freedom I need. Otherwise I feel very stressed and I know that I cannot work that way. First I took many photos of the dogs, not easy to do
. And together with the owners of the dogs I decided which photos I would use for the portraits.
So I took a picture when 1/3 of the first head was finished and 2/3 still in working process. The second picture shows that 2/3 is almost finished and I started the third part. You also can see the ear of the other dog above the one I am working on. That will be the father. The 3 dogs have different colors, so every head has its own challenge and difficulties. A lot of work still have to be done before the first head is ready.
I use 3 different brands of pastel pencils, Giaconda, Pitt and I gave myself a Christmas present and bought Carbothellos. Those materials are sooooo expensive, but I love to work with those pencils.
I work on Canson Mi Teintes, the smooth side.
The 3 heads together measures 40x30 cm