Friday, December 18, 2009

Different Strokes Portrait Challenge

This portrait of Karen Hargett is part of the Different Strokes for Different Folks end of year portrait challenge. This may be one of my most favorite pictures ever (see the rest of my pastels here.) I sometimes do "loose" images, but when it's a portrait I try to make it really look like THAT person, not just A person. I'm not good enough (yet!) to do a portrait with a less controllable medium than the pastel pencils. There are a few angles that could be tweaked to make it resemble her more but I didn't want to keep working it to the point of ruining the surface.
 

19 comments:

  1. You did a fabulous job with her, Becca. I love the soft palette too!

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  2. Oh this is crisp and perfect. Your handling of the pastels is wonderful - I can see why this would be a favorite.

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  3. Beautiful job! Great colors and wonderful handling of the hair.

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  4. thanks everyone! I think the mystery portrait challenge is such a fun thing! I bet Karin is getting a zillion hits from being checking to see if their portrait is up yet!

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  5. This is just lovely. I love the rich, pure colors and textures created in a well done pastel painting and this is very well done indeed.

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  6. Beautiful painting.The eyes look beautiful . The likeness is appreciable.

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  7. My oh my! You have done a wonderful job on ME! I'm so flattered! I think it is neat that Karin was able to pair pastel artists together. Thank you so much!

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  8. beautiful soft pastels! great rendition.

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  9. I especially like how you handled her mouth...teeth are such a challenge. You did a fantastic job and I can see how this is your favorite pastel.

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  10. Really outstanding work! You captured the likeness beautifully and I love the sparkle in her eyes.

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  11. The warm colors of the skin and hair are nicely contrasting with the cooler (lighter) background, eyes and teeth. Leads us viewers all around this well done pastel!

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  12. Your pastels have given Karen that wonderful soft glow that is in her photo. The likeness is right on!

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  13. Hi I just found your blog and I'm so happy that I did. Fascinating stuff here! I have done pastel portraits and I think you pretty much nailed her. Cannot wait to see your next post.
    Merry Christmas

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  14. quando Deus fez o mundo,espalhou por ele pessoas maravilhosas,e nos deu a missao de encontra-las,cumpri a minha te encontrei!

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