Portraits at Tuesday life class

We were attempting pastel portraits today. I used the vertical feathering technique I have tried on various other subjects, and it seemed to work quite well. Is my preferred pastel technique now.

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6 thoughts on “Portraits at Tuesday life class”

  1. Quite taken with your vertical feathering technique used in portraits! It is very appealing in its sketchiness! Even though I have another technique developed, you have me interested. Thank you for showing it fully here.

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    1. Hi Carol
      The paper is roughly 36*24 in, which I think has a bit too big for comfort. The vertical gathering technique works well at a smaller scale, using a hard, square pastel like contè. That gives a nice, thin line, but would take forever to cover such a large sheet. I’ve been using this technique for a couple of years now and it is just the way I draw in pastel.

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      1. I try to resist grabbing other people’s style. But I really like the effects you get with it. I always use pastel pencils, so the thin line would be easier for me. But I will try not to steal. I believe these technique discoveries are innate resources, to be respected by others. Thanks for telling me more. I agree, you may be over-reaching with the size of your support. But I suppose you had reasons for choosing such a big one.?

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      2. Grab away Carol! I didn’t invent the style, I learnt it at a workshop run by Max Hale ( http://www.maxhaleart.co.uk ). It is best done with the edge of a former pastel. I’ve never managed it so well with pastel pencils which oddly don’t seem to give such consistently fine lines.
        Paper size at the life classes is just what is chosen by the tutor. He likes big sheets so you can dance about in front of them.

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      3. Thank you! I just may. Max Hale seems a man to look into. I do realize how straight the line from the edge of a square pastel stick would be–and appealing. And yes the pencil wears down to wide quickly, not so good for lots of fine lines. I’d love to see the dancing in front of one’s work! Thanks for so much useful info.

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