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Demonstrations & Materials...
 
Displayed on this page are some "In Progress" images for a few of the portraits. Although it would make things a little easier to have a set procedure, I find that each portrait is different and has different needs in terms of design, color scheme and technique.
 
Here are three "In Progress" examples...
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I usually tape reference photos copies right onto the drawing board. A Mahl stick is an important tool used as a hand rest over your drawing to prevent smudging. I generally buy well known brands of pastels but I am not a materials snob and I use all different brands of pastel pencils and sticks. When I see a color that I feel will work, I use it regardless of the brand.
 
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Here is a general set-up with sanded pastel paper taped to a board. I usually use pastel pencils to start the basics. Soft pastels to block in large areas and hard sticks for defining areas of color. The details are finished with sharpened pastel pencils.
 
Here are a few more "In Progress" images...
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Here are some types of pastels...

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 I'm adding some final details to the fur and face in the pastel painting of "Benjamin B".
 
 
 
 
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I'm blending around the eyes and detailing the mouth in the pastel painting of "Ming Lee".
 
 
 
 
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Here I'm blending around the nose with a shaper and blending the ear edges with a soft brush in the pastel painting of "Daisy".
 
 
 
 
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 I'm detailing the mouth and around the bit in the pastel painting of "Kaya".
 





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Here I'm adding whisker details to the pastel painting of "Tuck".
 
 
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Here I'm adding forelock details to the pastel painting of "Bob".
 
 
 
Here is a step by step sequence of the pastel painting of  "Ochre Pony".
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Step 1. Basic drawing and blocking color areas.
 
 

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Step 3. Defining shapes and plotting out details.
 
 
 

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Step 5. Defining the eyes, mane and muzzle areas..
 
 






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I'm adding eye details to the pastel painting of "Roxy".
 
 
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I'm adding highlights to the pastel painting of "Sadie".
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Step 2. Applying a general color scheme.
 
 

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Step 4. Further definition of overall detailing.
 
 

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Step 6. Adjusting the background value lights and darks.








































Sometimes a change of background color or intensity can make a big difference in the painting...hopefully for the better...

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Pastels are a very forgiving medium. Here is the portrait of "Benjamin B" with the original background color on the left side. Something about the darker background choice was not complimenting the rest of the painting. After a few tries, I settled on the final background color which is shown on the right. This lighter background is mainly yellow ochre which better compliments the portrait, enhances the details and adds a certain amount of depth to the final painting.
 

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