Sometimes I paint portraits of people who are posing, but it is very demanding for them and for me because it takes much longer and people are not used to holding the pose anymore, as for the children let’s not talk about it, they can’t do it, they freeze after a short time and their smile becomes a grimace ……. of course I prefer to meet the subject Whether I meet him or not I need a photo (several if possible) and even a little video to get an idea of his personality
One day some clients wanted to give their surprise portrait to newlyweds. They gave me a photograph of the groom facing the sun where his eyes in the dark looked black as a Spanish man’s. Luckily I asked for details, he had very bright sky-blue eyes hemmed with black lashes but you couldn’t see it in the photo
You can choose to do a full-length portrait or the face or just the face and bust. I can also do a portrait of the person surrounded by the animals they love, or a setting reminiscent of their passions. you have examples of this in the various drawings and paintings you can see on the blog.
Over the years I have painted many portraits of people and animals in different techniques. This technique is a mixed media on watercolour paper. I draw with graphite and add watercolours, coloured pencils, inks and gouache as well as gold leaf sometimes. I like to personalise these portraits by adding the passions of the people represented. The young boy on the left dreamed of being a sailor. As for the girl on the right, she was a real bookworm despite her young age (she is wearing a swimming costume but the position does not allow it to be seen)
Jasmine on the left is surrounded by Jasmines in reference to her name, Natty in the middle loves flowers, while Laetitia on the right had a cheeky little look
Pastel is a great medium for portraiture, whether it be in the old technique with multiple layers or in pastel sketching .
I can draw a full length person or portraits of children, adults, animals. I have drawn one of my daughters and a friend’s son with his pet
Pastel is an amazing technique. You can use it for quick sketches. Or use it the old fashioned way as it was used in past centuries with several layers usually going from a layer of hard pastel (I use the conté square ) then layers of soft pastel (for me Rembrand) and highlights of very soft pastel (Schminck)
Old fashioned pastel is fascinating, you use very opaque chalk sticks and you can get a transparent oil finish. It is a great medium for portraits. I can’t show you recent portraits as they are private commissions