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Portrait of Ron Hontz

step-by-step pastel painting by faith te


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Medium: Soft Pastels
Paper: Canson Mi-Teintes -- Terre de Sienne
Size: 28 36 cm (11" 14")


Stage 1

The outline was initially drawn on a separate sheet of paper until it was accurate.

Then I used a sheet of paper covered with Burnt Umber soft pastel powder to transfer the outline to my final pastel paper. I used the textured side of Canson Mi-Teintes.
Portrait of Ron Hontz - 1 - Pastel Painting
Stage 2

Here, I started to work on the underpainting for the skin tones using light Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Permanent Red, and white soft pastels. I then blended with my fingers to achieve soft and gradual tones.

Started to work on the hat. I used black for the general tones and light Ultramarine Deep and a little white for the highlights.

I am using Rembrandt soft pastels and, occassionally, the harder Van Gogh square pastels for some of the details and edges.
Portrait of Ron Hontz - 2 - Pastel Painting
Stage 3

Worked on the hat some more.

I have now added some greens and blues to the darker areas of the skin.

I have also started painting in the shirt using Ultramarine Deep. Ultramarine Light and white were used for the lighter areas.

Black was used as underpainting for the background.
Portrait of Ron Hontz - 3 - Pastel Painting
Stage 4

Continued working on the skin tones -- darkening shadows and adding highlights. At this point, I am adding more detail and also paying closer attention to getting the likeness.

I have now darkened the eyes, added eyebrows, and worked a little on the lips and gums.

I decided to give the portrait a full background and randomly applied various greens.
Portrait of Ron Hontz - 4 - Pastel Painting
Stage 5

Continued working on the head as well as the clothes. I have added folds to his shirt to give it a more natural look. Orange was used for the shirt's shadow areas.

I wanted to give the portrait a more complex background, so I added more greens which I then blended lightly with my fingers to produce a "blurry trees" effect.
Portrait of Ron Hontz - 5 - Pastel Painting
Stage 6: Finished

I worked some more on the teeth and lips. Also, some of the hightlights were further lightened and the shadows darkened to give the portrait more contrast. And after a few other finishing touches, the portrait is finished.

I hope you have enjoyed this pastel portrait study. Thank you for reading.
Portrait of Ron Hontz - Finished - Pastel Painting

Step-by-Step Pastel Painting Summary

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