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Friday, May 17, 2013

Lorrain -Pastel Portrait


"Lorrain"
Soft Pastels on Pastel mat
30x50 cm
Work in Progress; Try reading from bottom of the post!:)
Jumper completed, almost there, still needs finishing...

Worked more on her face; established the color of background and started on her jumper.I still don't have the 'right; green, I will make do with whatever I have.

Lightened one side of the face, now I feel better!

Added color to her face, establishing light and shadow areas.Realized that I did not have the green for her jumper, panicked, ordered some colors online...!

                                       Started with drawing and blocking in main shapes

'The chain of events' leading to the final product! I hope you enjoy watching the process.
It has taken me two days (about 10-12 hours) of work to complete this portrait.I have tried to keep my flesh tones true to life , it was a cool daylight setting when I took the picture.Thus, there are more greens and purple tones here; though I could not completely let go of my oranges!Green is the key color , which is unusual because I hardly use green in my paintings.I did not have the right color for her jumper, so I  overlayed two or three greens! I am still not sure irf its done- I may darken the background to her left...may be! Have a great weekend, friends and let me know what to do think of my efforts here...

24 comments:

  1. Your portrait of Lorrain is superb, Arti!!! Just superb!
    You asked for a comment . I agree, darkening the left background is a good idea, but not much, and keep the yellowish hue.
    BEAUTY, my friend!!!

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Kathryn.I am still not sure but I will spread the dark a little and see...she was a beauty, even at her age.

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  2. This portrait of Lorrain is SO beautifully painted, Arti! The dark background makes her pop right out. I love the colors you chose for her dress and the splashes of purple...SO perfect!!! and of course, perfect skin tones...!!

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    1. Thank you Hilda.Like so many of us, I am always unsure of my work!It helps when friends leave their comments- then I can breath easy :)
      I was apprehensive about the green, as I wanted a little richer and deeper emerald...but I was out of that color- still a newbie so don't have a full range yet.What brand you prefer for your pastels? For soft I like Sennelier, but I hardly use them for other than finishing and top layer ,they are so buttery!But they are rich.
      I bought some rembrants for hard pastels but they don't work well when I try to use them by their sides... So I am using my PITT pencils combined with an old set of Camel (Indian brand) pastel; which are beautiful because they are neither very soft nor very hard and I can sweep them across for wide coverage.

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    2. I use NuPastel (prismacolor) to start off with - Rembrandt soft pastels...The pencils are Carbothello (stabilo) and of course the icing to the cake would be Unisom pastels which someday would like to buy a complete set. Right now I just buy the colors I need. Again, this portrait is wonderful, Arti and I do like the green you used!

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  3. Amazing portrait. I like to see the progress too.

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving the comment,Polly.

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  4. Gorgeous gorgeous, Arti! You always show the beauty in each and every one of your subjects.

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    1. Thank you Sherry- your unwavering support means a lot to me.Hope you are having a peaceful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Prabal.Hope, you are doing well.

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  6. Your portraits are wonderful, and I’m amazed at the process and time dedicated to each piece. It shows with these great results.

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Tony.I am just following my heart and striving to do better with each piece.Hope it works!

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  7. Un retrato maravilloso, la expresión está perfecta! me ha encantado verlo paso a paso.. felicidades por este trabajo!

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  8. thankyou for the detailed post on work in progress.always been wondering how you do this so well .thank you for sharing and very good one too.

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    1. I am glad you liked it, Nanda.

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