Well, here is another attempt (I just keep trying) at another cute animal in pastel on velour. Now I loved this one! The only thing was that I first did him by himself, then changed it by adding some kind of foliage in the background to make him “pop”…but it did not. I did not like it. I need to practice more on how backgrounds work. I then covered over the dark background with heavy white and blue pastel because you can not erase on this. I didn’t even think it would cover to tell you the truth, but it did a decent job. I just wanted him to show up. I hope you like it. I just want to touch him!
I did this as a surprise for one of my husband’s co workers. She loves her dogs and so she sent a picture to him of her baby on his computer. I needed practice, and so she will get this on her desk on Wednesday, not expecting anything. I hope she likes it. It’s so much fun watching the picture come to life before your eyes!
Here is the first attempt of a horse in pastel. The picture was from a friends photo that wasn’t the best as I really couldn’t see the eyes and the picture itself was fuzzy. I did the best I could and I did this on velour, which made it much more difficult. I am not really happy with the color choice of the background, as it doesn’t really make the horse “Pop” which I wanted. I am not too familiar with doing backgrounds on velour and so I was afraid to even attempt that yet.
I am going to try this on a smoother paper which I can blend on and put a background that brings it to life…I hope. I will share it after I complete it. Let’s see the differences between the two then. Anyway, hope you like the attempt.
I finally finished my latest drawing. I wanted to do more angels and to do this one in pastel was a treat. I really enjoyed creating this piece. The blending of colors is just amazing, and I love the soft, finished look.
I hope you like this one. There will be more coming. Enjoy.
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!