I've been wanting to do some pastel portraits of my two children for a while now. (Just in case you think the drawing part is hard...you should try to get a decent picture of a 5 year old who likes to growl every time the camera shows up :)
After (seriously) hundreds of photos, I finally captured a great moment - outside, in the late day sun, so colors were not too washed out. He was holding an umbrella, which also diffused the light. He had on a great color shirt, and he had some terrific rosy cheeks from running around with his little sister. He also gave me a great picture smile. No teeth, a gentle smile that didn't squint his eyes.
So I printed out the photo and got started yesterday! It's not finished yet, but I like showing work in progress. You can see I haven't even been able to escape to my studio lately...with hubby out of town, Jack and I were working together at the kitchen table!
This is a half sheet of the large aubergine colorfix paper and Nupastel.
I'm trying to take good photos as I work (in consistent lighting) so I can put another "how I built this pastel portrait" video
toghether! I'll let you know when it's all done.
I love it!!! Even not finished it captures Jack!! I love the viseo idea!!! Almost like being there.
Sometimes the kitchen table is the nicest place in the house, don't you think?
Just beautiful and I do enjoy seeing the progression.
again, I say to you WOW!
I am soooo jealous of your eye! I couldn't even get a photo that good, let alone be able to put it on canvas.
Liz...all I can say about the photo is thank goodness for digital! For every one that turns out well, there are about 300 that didn't :)
I love when you post pics of your kids, they're so cute. And as a frequent blog reader, I can see that your boy is growing so fast! :D
Well, you said it's not finished yet, but may I comment about this drawing? Well, he's looking a bit older than he actually is.
Tati...I think that happens a lot with portraits - especially of children. In "real life" their angles are very soft, and when going for more interest and color in a portrait, it tends to age them a bit. I am almost finished...I'll post the final drawing soon :)
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