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.
Comments: contest closed Winning title "Summer Delight" submitted by John W Charpentier
Here is the lastest sketch of two boys...friends- brothers - or both. A time of self reflection, planing or just the comfort of being together in this quiet natural space.
Could you once again help to title the sketch for my pastel painting? If you can come up with one, would you post it here in the comments. If you would also add an email or just where you saw this....FB, G+, twitter, etc, so I can contact the one chosen.
I will put up the titles - I hope - for a vote in about a week.
I would be delighted to send the first print of the finished work to the creator of the chosen title - Sent to USA residents. This will be an 8 x 10, printed on all cotton art paper with archival inks. signed and titled.
I am so grateful for your help!!
Started to work the sketch for my latest pastel painting - a little girl and a lost kitten finding each other. And... here I go again asking for help with a title!
If you creative souls can offer a title for this piece I would be more than grateful!, since as you know, I always have trouble with these! The titles that have been offered in the past have been amazing!!
If you would like to offer a title, just add it to the comments below with email or a way to get in touch if title is chosen
Next week there will be a poll to choose which of these submitted titles would be best.
I would be happy to send the winner the first print of the work when it is finished. This will be an 8 x 10, printed on all cotton art paper with archival inks. signed and titled.
Below are amazing titles that were offered for this sketch. Would you kindly choose which you like the best? The kind soul that offered the title can have a print of this when the pastel painting is finished...if they would like one!!
A reproduction print of the finished pastel of this sketch - when finished - will go to the genius that submitted the chosen title....if they would like one!!
The title chosen is "Cowgirl Whispers" submitted by Jillian White
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