Pastel Portrait stages


Pastel color is pretty new to me. I dont know the technique to apply to these materials.

So Here is what I learned last night. I used a new sketch book with fairly cheap thin paper, maybe 150 gm with enough tooth to hold the pencil adequately but thats about it. I liad the drawing in on the first pose in 30 min. I should have not done so much shading with the soft 5B pencil because graphite is slick and other media will not stick to it. 1st mistake.

I had the soft pastels already laid out in the box as a pallate roughly divided in 2 rows by warm and cool. so I started in on the flesh tones and immediately knew it was going to take the next 1.5 hours of the session just to get enough marks on the paper. I dont like to blend (or rather, I dont know how to do it without turning the color muddy). I had a hard time making the chalk stick to the areas where the graphite was too heavy. I had to borrow some conte crayons in black and red to go back into the outlines and with something that would stick.

I took it home and scanned it. Then bumped up the contrast in PS just enough for the white to stay white and the black and brown area at the bottom of the hair to blend together. Then I took a few of my favorite PS brushes and spent the next hour tightening and highlighting eyes nose and lips.Then blending just enough on the flesh for it to still have drawing marks.The background wall I just filled with a big brush leaving the original colors. I didn’t need the marks there to tell the story.

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