Adding secret colours!
I thought I’d share this film snippet as I personally find that adding even the most unexpected colours to a portrait can help bring it to life! Here I have gently applied some green pastel on areas of light hair which is under shadow. I find this helps create depth and compliments the green in her eyes to help them pop. It may not seem like I am doing much but a little goes a long way! Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils, PastelMat Paper
Work in progress of ‘Breck’
This piece was an absolute joy to do and has now arrived in her new home all the way in Oklahoma USA :) I will be revealing the finished piece soon but thought it would be fun to show a short clip. Getting the reflection details of the trees and barn in the eye was my favourite part! I always get asked what my methods are when working and in all honestly it’s pretty spontaneous! I jump from various areas of the piece, adding colours and tones depending on what colour pastel I have in my hand. I also like to leave areas and come back to it with a fresh eye. Also apologises about the music...I left the radio on by mistake!
Maggie, Ruby and Scarlett
This was such a fabulous commission, as a being a fellow spaniel lover they were so much fun to create. Even though they appear so similar at first, I got to study their individual facial characteristics from Grandma, Mum and sparky Granddaughter! Now to by some more brown pastels!
Quick...can you guess what it is?!
This was such an interesting pose of her two horses and their little kiss is especially cute ❤️ I loved creating the dramatic light contrasts in their coats which really allowed me to use a whole spectrum of colours. Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils - PastelMat Paper - 14”x18”
A short video of me adding some little whiskers to this lovely brown Labrador. I really had fun adding what I call ‘secret colours’ such as blue and purple hues as I find it adds such depth and detail of the high and low lights of the brown coat. I also noticed when watching this back that I turn my pastels in my hand whilst I work (I was not aware I did this!) but I realised it was because then I could always get the sharpest edge of the pastel lead :) 10”x12” Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil, PastelMat paper