Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pastel workshop day 2

 The second pastel painting I did during my 2 day workshop was another picture with the eyes closed. The workshop tutor gave us eyes closed photos to use to make it easier for beginners to draw. It did work because everybody had a pretty good picture at the end of the day, even the beginners.

I tried to go with a darker tone this time but I still ended up with my usual style of soft coloring and blending for faces. I am happy to recognize that and accept I my own artistic temperament. This picture is pretty close to the photo we were given.

After looking at the finished picture for a while I decided I didn't like the hair across her forehead. It is realistic because it is the way it was in the photo (and how we were taught to do) but I decided to tidy up her hair for her. I liked it much better now and it seems to make more sense to me without the forehead hair. I forgot to take a photo before I framed it so it is a little duller behind the glass. I want to try another portrait like these but with eyes open this time. I just have to find a model to get a photograph of.  
 My DLP page for week 11 was about borders. I was initially going to use only four colors but somehow those extra colors made their way onto my page. Is it weird that I like to do softly colored portraits but my journal pages have a lot of bright color? My writing exercise this week was the color the negative space around the lettering.

 This DLP page is about Focus. I found a quote I liked and decided to do my first face in this journal. I was going to only use acrylics but at the end I added a little pencil to define the details, especially the eyes and hair. I did manage to go darker with my shading for this portrait and resisted the urge to smooth out the shading. I can go messier if I want, lol. I chose a wonky style of writing for my quote and highlighted a few letters here and there.

Next post I will share the technique I used for my current DLP page. 

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