demonstrations and here I am painting from the photograph
opposite which is what you call a three quarter view. This means that three quarters of the face from the right hand side of the nose to the left outer edge of the left ear is nearest us and the other quarter of the face from the nose to the right outline of her cheek is away from us. If you want to sketch from this photo click the image to first make it larger then right click it and click save picture as.
I am starting off with a medium cobalt blue pastel here, I could have used any pastel really but this coloured pastel relates to the blue tint of the paper. I am starting off with the main features of the face and so I roughly painted in a few lines to indicate the eyes, nose, mouth, forehead, right cheek and a few lines in for the chin.
Carrying on painting in with rough lines for the hair and the crease of the left cheek, I also indicate the eyes and eyebrows and just blocking them in roughly. All I am doing in this first stage of the portrait is painting in rough lines as a guide through the portrait.
Once I have my basic lines in I can then start putting in tone, I am using burnt umber to roughly indicate blocks of tone, these are where the shadows are down the left side of the face and under the chin. If you half close your eyes you will be able to see the shadows better, try this with the photograph above.
Now we can paint in the medium tones of this portrait of an old woman with a cadmium pink and painting in some lighter cadmium pink tones where the light is hitting the left side of the face. I am not painting in the really bright highlights as yet only the light flesh tones, highlights are the last to be painted in.
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