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March 3, 2011

Giving up on Graphite

Filed under: Posts — Marianne Miles @ 7:02 pm

Adventures in Human Portraiture

Oh, no. People don’t have fur on their faces! – and I’m used to doing pet portraits . However, I am just not happy with my shading in graphite. I’m going back to trying people in pastel. My friend Lizzie was kind enough to sit for some photographs I could use as models.

My friend Lizzie

My friend Lizzie

I realize my skin tones need work but I really do think this looks like Lizzie. The photograph I used as a model is below.

Lizzie's photograph

Lizzie's photograph

Last year I bought a set of Sennelier pastels (very soft) for portraits so I should have all the colors I need. I guess I just have to keep practicing.

In all honesty, I should post my first attempt… Here is a picture I did of my granddaughter, Emily. The photograph I used apprears below the pastel.


Emily's photograph. Isn't she a cutie??

Emily's photograph. Isn't she a cutie??

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