Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pastel

"Amanda Lee"

I just started taking a new class at the Art Students League. This is the result of day one, and it took about 2 1/2 hours to do.
I think the head's too big. Darn it!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wedding Portrait for L&A

Here's a pastel wedding portrait for a couple friends (L. and A.) that I've been working on for some time. Now I can safely say is finally finished. It took many many weeks to do.
This is the first time I picked up my pastels in a while. It was a daunting task ahead of me ... until I visited the home of an older lady. On display there was a charcoal self-portrait by her granddaughter, and you could clearly see the Squares she used to resize the image from a photograph. I had always considered that cheating, but hell, the world's best muralists do just that. So with that tool I set out to tackle the double-portrait.
From start to finish it took about 2 months. And that's not counting the time it took to overcome my fear of "can I DO this???" and then "okay, it's not perfect, but it's not bad. I should just quit while I'm ahead." In the end I didn't quit and the result is something I'm pretty content with. Which is indeed saying much.