Yes, I have been at it again. Trying different papers and pastels and colored pencils, just to see what will happen really. I tried 2 more snowmen pictures, and this is what happened. They are cute, but I’m finding I am having trouble keeping the lines clean, though I guess with pastels, they are meant to be somewhat more free to draw with. The roughness of the pictures adds to their interest. that’s really what I like about the medium. You kind of just go with it. Hope you like these two!
Okay, here is an example of the kinds of portraits I did years ago. I’m talking late teens here. I used to love to do pastel portraits of models in magazines and go crazy with color. I never went to school for it, but I took out “How To” books on portraits from the library. I learned the basics, but also had a talent there, because I never really traced anything. It was all just looking back and forth from picture to paper and hoping it all came together. It always did. I was lucky.
If I thought the nose or something looked a little off, I would hold the picture in front of the mirror and the defects would show up. I’d fix it from there, and that’s how I did it.
Then, the best part was putting the color down. It was like I was putting make-up on a face. I would start with the palest color of peach and work my way up to shadows and then the pink cheeks, eye color, shadow, lashes and hair. I loved doing wisps of blonde hair on a dark background.
When I showed this picture to my children, they wanted me to do more of these. I don’t even know if I would want to attempt it, but I probably should. It was great fun, too, but after awhile, it all felt empty. They were just pictures of faces and I wanted to get across a feeling or get across a message. I wanted more from the pictures. That’s when the quotes and more expressive material came about.
But I am always amazed when I look back on these portraits, because I can’t even believe I had done them. I hope you like this one!
I will show more as I post further. Enjoy!