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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.




Today’s watercolour class was cancelled as the tutor was ill. We were offered a place on a portrait class which was going on in another room. I was the only one who did it, the others all just went home. I’m not great at portraits, but it was fun, and it is always good to experience another teacher. I was quite pleased with this follow on from my Degas of yesterday. It shows that your technique needs to be consistent. Her jumper doesn’t go with her head.

Water colour portraits

dsc_0685.jpgBack at the week;y watercolour classes. They’ve been running fro four weeks, but I haven’t really liked anything I have produced so far, until now. We were doing portraits, which is not my strong point, and I have never done them in watercolour before. But this third, very quick one (about 15 minutes) was not too bad. I feel it is still a bit wishy washy, which is a problem in watercolour. I think it might be improved with some over working in pastel to give a bit more depth. The model is excellent, someone who I have drawn many times in life classes. She laughed and said it must be odd to draw her with her clothes on. I kept a polite silence.