I have been asked about the process I had used when doing portraits.
When I first starting out doing portraits, I would have the subject/subjects, in for sittings. This was an arduous task, especially with young children! I would use anything and everything to keep them entertained, including my poor parrot and puppies when they were around. But, I must say it was great experience and helped so much with being able to move some of the technique to photos when I started using them for reference.
This example I am using is for a client that lived in South Carolina. The mom had definite ideas about how she wanted her triplets to be portrayed. I was to have the boy splashing his sisters. The photos displayed in the following images is just a portion of the tons of film I used (Oh so grateful for digital!!!)
The children were running around in their backyard and I furiously ran after them, trying to gather as many body positions and facial expressions as I possibly could.
The photos show the triplets in their play clothes. I was asked to put the girl in dresses and the boy in a coordinating outfit.
With all the reference material I was ready to do my quick sketch using information from the trillions of photos. (I did have a photo of that, but can’t for the life of me find where I put it) I also did some research on clothing and steams and the rest of the scenery. I then would show the sketch for approval. Major changes could be made at this point. When the sketch was approved, I would continue on with the pastel, using the sketch as the ‘under painting’
So the result was the portrait shown.
This blog will offer regular (I hope) tips about pastels and pastel painting that I have found useful over the years. Just random thoughts and comments.