Crossposting to Portraiture.
This is a portfolio piece rather than a commission. I'm doing it as a model of a double portrait, since I have a client who's asking about that right now. I'm going to see her tomorrow, probably, so I'm racing ahead on this...
The underdrawing, vine charcoal on Wallis paper, 9x12.
I didn't stop to take a pic until a couple of layers had gone on. Can't resist that Wallis! I can start with softs instead of Nupastels, and it's glorious fun. I'm using the Prismacolor portrait set, Unison portrait set, Schminckes and Senneliers. A few touches of hard pastel and pencils.
Getting my darks in, reflected lights, and so on.
Current state. I anticipate several hours of work on this today and tomorrow. I'm going to try to bring this closer to the photo in several respects, especially the expressions. I un-squinted the younger boy's eyes deliberately, but I want that puckish grin on the older boy's face, and it's not there yet.
All comments are welcome. Fire away!
The reference photo for comparison.