Portraits in Pastel

I thought you might like to see the progression with this portrait. So here’s a sneak peak of how I work:

Portrait1 Portrait2 Portrait3

 

In the first picture we have added skin tones and shading. I spend a lot of time around the eyes. You will also notice I have laid in a base coat for the other colors to blend into. There is just a hint of her hair and notice her pearl earrings!

In the second picture I have added the hairs and the beginnings of the background. One bubble has been put in and the others are drawn in.

In the third picture, I finished all the bubbles and her hand. All done except for final adjustments to the background and adding her cute striped sweater.

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About Kay Witt

Kay creates hand drawn pastel paintings of animals capturing their spirit and personality. Her lifelike paintings seem so real they could speak. Her favorite subjects are horses and wolves. She has loved and admired horses since childhood. She has had a varied career as an illustrator and graphic artist. She has designed illustrations for book covers, logos, and Christmas cards. She has also painted wall murals for businesses and private homes as well as set backgrounds. Kay currently teaches pastel workshops and gives art lessons in her home studio in Strasburg, VA. All skill levels are invited to attend. A list of available workshops can be found on her website, www.kaywitt.com on the Workshop page. She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of Virginia, the Artisan Trail of Shenandoah Valley and the Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts. See www.kaywitt.com for more information.