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Old 12-24-2010, 12:23 PM
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WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

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





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Old 12-24-2010, 01:03 PM
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

WOW Anna, wonderful portraits! I can't believe you haven't worked much with pastel pencil....

I'm sure the buyers will be thrilled to have these!
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:13 PM
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

Thanks very much for your compliments Chuas.
I learned so much from drawing portraits with graphite pencils and therefor I prefer to work with pastel pencils. I cannot work with soft pastels
I hope in future I will be able to work with soft pastels too.
I was pleasantly surprised myself about the result sofar I hope that I do not destroy it because I have to make two other heads too at the same paper. brrrrrr
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:46 PM
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

Oh my, this is starting out beautifully. Hard to believe you've not worked with pastel pencils much, this looks like you've got them figured out already. I'm looking forward to watching your progress on this.
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:49 PM
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

Great start on this -- the fur and fore-ear look great -- very basset like
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:31 AM
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

Allydoodle and Nansketch, thanks very much for your comments and compliments It gives me really the confidents I need to go on.
Last night I worked hard and I think the head is almost there. I will let it rest and concentrate at the second black and white head of the father and perhaps later on I will bring some tiny alterations at the first head. But I find out that when I let my drawings and paintings rest for a while I can see them with fresh eyes. In real the head is so much better, there is more depth and liveliness, ah well, we all know that taking photos and scans do not give the real thing.

So here it is.................. my first bassethead finished. Wow, I even surprised myself. The last couple of years I studied hard. Bought many beautiful books about all kind of materials and techniques and also bought many DVD's. And I think that it pays out right now. I am so glad.
I have a very low income and I hope that I will get a couple of commissions per year. Not too much, only to be able to buy my materials to keep going.

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Old 12-25-2010, 07:12 AM
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

This is very well done, Anna. Looking forward to seeing the others come along.

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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

hello
the accuracy and the attention to detail is excellent
the colour/palette is well chosen for this graphic approach
- keeps things easy to control
since this is a commision, and with the colour, i can understand that you may be nervous
-but elated at the same time !
thx for showing us this wip and sharing your feelings
happy holiday
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

Your finished Bassett Hound is wonderful, well done !!

Have you tried Clarefonteine Pastelmat as a support ...do yourself a favour & give it a try as I wouldn't use anything else, it's great !!

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Old 12-25-2010, 03:24 PM
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

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hello
the accuracy and the attention to detail is excellent
the colour/palette is well chosen for this graphic approach
- keeps things easy to control
since this is a commision, and with the colour, i can understand that you may be nervous
-but elated at the same time !
thx for showing us this wip and sharing your feelings
happy holiday
:} Ed

Thanks Ed for your comments and compliments, they are so welcome
Happy holiday for you too!! And a very creative 2011
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Old 12-25-2010, 03:34 PM
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

Terri and Fingi, you also I want to thank for taking the time to give comments!

I haven't tried Clairfontaine yet. I bought some different kind of papers, like Clairfontaine and Colorfix a couple of weeks ago. But I could not get it in large sheets (only 3A) and I needed for this big project a far more bigger sheet. So therefor I had to choose Mi-Teintes. But I cannot wait to try out these other papers

But I am pleasantly surprised how much Mi-Teintes takes on pastel. I put a second sheet under the paper I am working on and I think that this makes a big different. And I can lift out some pastel if needed with kneeded eraser and add again several layers.
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

Anna, very nice subtle updates on this guy -- just love him. You are doing great -- I am still impressed by the fur.

I'll be happily watching along.

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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

Very nice portrait Anna, I like the subtlety in your work. Will tune in for more. John
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WOW!!! Gorgeous work!
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:50 AM
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Re: WIP portrait of 3 basset hounds

First layers on the father, building up the black ears. But of course the ears are not black but have a lot of colors and shine, like purple and blue.
Because the heads of the suns/puppies at the front have a lot of reds/orange in them the blues in the black of the father will take the head further back. And I hope to create that way contrast and depth.
A real adventure, I did not have any experience with this


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