Sunday, March 14, 2010

Work in progress, toddler

Just started this, Toddler sitting engrossed with....er something she's holding. Light is from a large window behind so very strongly backlit. Soft pastels (will be anyway) on A3 Pastel paper,
First stage is drawn with 2H pencil.

































First blocking in of colour.































Fixed, and a some detail on the background, hat & face.

































Struggling a bit with my current set of pastels. WH Smith 'soft' pastels but they're not that soft at all, small square profile sticks (look more like hard pastels to me) they don't layer up at all well and some have hard bits in them that do.....well..nothing except scratch on the paper.
Really looking forward to my set of conte soft pastels arriving.




Progress last night, more detail and deapth of colour built up, can't lay much pigment on with my current pastels so fixed again. Starting to shape up quite nicely I think, we'll see what this evening brings.

Starting to get the contrast from the strong backlight, not happy with the left hand.
Just about finished I think, Still not entirely happy with the left hand & arm....and the highlight on the cushion seems a bit too much.....Hmmm....continue or not?.....


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Shanty Life

This is inside Gun Hill Shanty, a wee place up in what was a farm called Little Chartres, now Philomel Farm. Andy is sitting reading on a low seat lit from his right but also backlit by the window behind, it was a nice photo that I have wanted to sketch for a while. Oil pastels on grey pastel paper.