Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pastel Portrait from observation

Alicia's work in progress
This pastel portrait was drawn from a magazine perfume advertisement and it took one session to draw. Alicia drew the face from observation and modified the hair to give it her own spin. On the shoulders and on the hand are dark brown sections in the work in progress image, in the final piece, layers of pastel has been applied and this gave the effect of depth.

Alicia, age 12
I like that she focused on the eyes and mouth and the texture of the skin is blended beautifully. The background aqua colour is fantastic, I think it really makes the face pop out of the paper. Notice it is not just one block of color, she added hints of green, white and grey. My absolute favorite detail are the elongated fingers (she has a french manicure too!).

Check out the pastel self-portrait tutorial and let me know if it works for you :) Quaymberley