Archive for February, 2008

Portrait of Ron: Finished – Pastel Painting

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Here it is, finally finished:

Portrait of Ron Hontz - Finished - Pastel Painting
Title: Portrait of Ron Hontz
Medium: Pastels
Paper: Canson Mi-Teintes
Size: 28 × 36 cm (11″ × 14″)

The subject of the portrait is my good friend Ron Hontz. He (along with two other friends) introduced me to pastels so it was only fitting to do his portrait using the medium.

I experimented a lot on this portrait, one of which is on the background. I wanted to try a more “creative” and different background instead of a plain one or a simple gradient. I’m not sure I like this one better, but the cloudy effect has inspired other ideas, which I hope to use on other pastel paintings.

Also, the skin tone was based on other pictures as his was a little too reddish in my reference picture.

I am not too happy with the way this portrait turned out, however — a lot of the colors are dulled down and I would have liked a more realistic effect to it. Anyhow, I still have a number of pencil portraits that I’ll try to finish first, but I wish to practice and concentrate more on pastel paintings afterwards, particularly on portraits and landscapes.

Thank you for looking!


Afternoon Break: Stage 7 – Pencil Drawing

Monday, February 11th, 2008

I haven’t been able to concentrate on this lately, so just a little update today. Rendered the handles of the cap and pot. Also, I finished the tablecloth and started the folds. Here’s a correction on my previous post — the pot was mostly done using a brush with graphite powder.

Afternoon Break Stage 7 - Pencil Drawing

From the Art Studio,

Hot Bunch: Stage 1 – Charcoal Drawing of Chili Peppers

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

I’ve recently started a small drawing using charcoal pencil. It took me quite a while to decide what subject to draw — I wanted to do something quick and simple.

I remembered the chili peppers that we harvested from our homegrown chili plant several weeks ago. I’ve been meaning to draw those peppers and I do have quite a number of compositions that I would like to do. I might consider doing a series of drawings with them as subjects, but for now, here’s one to start it off:

Hot Bunch Stage 1 - Charcoal Pencil Drawing
Title: Hot Bunch – Stage 1
Medium: Charcoal Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 15.2 × 25.4 cm (6″ × 10″)

The Portrait of Ron is finished, by the way. I will have it up here and on the website soon. Thank you for looking!

From the Art Studio,