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Old 01-07-2002, 11:12 PM
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for those who asked for a demo...

I took my camera to class with me today and tried to remember to take progress pics. I'm using pastels on tan Canson paper, about 14 x 18".

I want the focal area to be the light side of the face. I positioned myself so that my view placed the light side of the face next to the dark background. That way I could have the lightest light and darkest dark together. Going from right to left, I will have a large darkest dark (DD), then the lightest light (LL), then a transition area of medium values, then another DD, and another medium dark.

I also like to have the figure/background relationship flip from light figure against dark ground (right side) to dark figure against light ground (left side).
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Old 01-07-2002, 11:23 PM
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Continuing to refine the shapes and values ... I have added a lighter value to further define the light side, and medium values to the shadow side. I'm trying to establish the BIG shapes, and not get too much into details yet.
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Old 01-07-2002, 11:28 PM
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I keep on adjusting the shapes and values until they begin to look like the model.
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Next I really punched the LL's to see how the contrast is going to work.
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Old 01-07-2002, 11:32 PM
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All this value work has been done with much smoothing and blending. I'm going to add more color now and want to be able to layer it some, so this "underpainting" is very thin and rubbed-in as I go.

Next I find some colors in the shadows of the face. There's deep red and dark olive-green and dark blue in the darkest areas, and I've put those in and added them to the background as well.
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Old 01-07-2002, 11:39 PM
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Now comes the fun part... warms and cools. The light is a very warm pinkish color, and there are greenish fluorescent lights in the room as well, which affect the shadow colors. I find the richest warmest colors right where the light and shadow areas meet.

There's a light crescent formed by the cheekbone under the eye on the shadow side, but it's not as light as the LL side of the face. It's also much cooler in color temperature.
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and more... went back and punched up the highlights some. Notice the warm highlights in the hair on the light side and cool ones on the dark side.
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As far as I could get with it, ran out of time...
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Ruth..thanks for taking the effort to post this demo. I am always amazed when watching a competent artist work and the bravery of blocking in the form, then finding the likeness. I've only done a couple of pastels and get very timid once I have established the drawing. And if I do manage to get some semblance of the model do not have the courage to 'damage' this hard fought effort. You make it look like a cake walk..and I know it's not. I am not much of a colorist and understand your warm vs. cool color..but I have trouble differentiating some of the bolder colorations in pastels. The 'warms' look cool to me. Guess I just haven't developed much color sense.
Very nice work.
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Ruth!.....thank you, thank you, thank you!


This is wonderful...to watch this being built up (actually, it's more like she emerges!)

I learned a ton! I have been doing it all backwards...LOL!


Thanks again!
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Ruth! Thanks for doing this!!! I was so happy to see this.

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This is awesome, your sense of cool and warm relationships are so rich and vibrant

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Thanks for showing us this! It's like being there with you. I love to see the way other artists build it up. Although I never blend it makes me want to try! Great demo. Nora
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Wink Ruth

A GREAT demo, I learnt lots all well, just one small point, and its nothing to do with your painting, I just would have liked to have seen a photo of the model herself as well, never satisfied am I.

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