Soft Pastel Painting of a Portrait of my Eldest Son P2


Today I would like to give you an update on the progress of my Portrait of my Eldest Son. You can find Part1 here.

It has been a few weeks since I was able to work on this project but I’m happy with the time I put aside as I was able to take a long look at what I did and correct the errors I found.

I noticed that I didn’t blend enough of the dark colours to bring out the shadows around his left eye and the bridge of his nose. I had to rework my grey colours to bring out the shadows and I also had to work on his lower nose to make the nostrils stand out.

As I was working on the right eye and cheek I noticed that I might have enlarged his eye more that what the origianl picture portays but the eye does have a lot of hair over-hanging, so I believe once I move onto his hair the eye will not seem so big for his face.

One thing that I have learned is not to sketch the line art with a led pencil as I have found it very difficult to blend out. Leaving the led outline in doesn’t quite give it that natural feel of realism that I wanted.

As for my time-lapsed recording, I think I will go with a series approach and upload them in stages; Part1 and so on.

Anyway have a great day and keep an eye out for my next post.


Soft Pastel Painting of a Zombie


My wife asked me to draw a zombie for my Halloween theme as to why I did the soft pastel painting of the chinless zombie. I must say again that she didn’t quite like my choice of a zombie as she was expecting a walking dead styled monster instead of the cartoon one I did.

I found a watercoloured painting of a cartoon zombie online and decided to image my zombie on the same idea. I used soft pastel pencils by Derwent but first sketched out my line art with a led pencil.

The zombie character was an easy sketch to colour as it was only 2D and took on the cartoony effect as the original. The only things I changed where the hair and clothes, I did add a few more open wounds on the forehead and nose to try and change it up from the original.

One of the headaches of this project was that I didn’t set my recording equipment up correctly and unfortunately, my head kept taking up most of the camera. I judge that nearly 80% of the time-lapsed recording had the top of my head in the frame.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Soft Pastel painting of a zombie.


Soft Pastel Painting of a Portrait of my Eldest Son


Today I would like to share with you my latest project of a Portrait of my Eldest Son that I’m in the process of painting.

This project will be done over several weeks as I want to capture the true image of my son. It will be a painting that my wife has said will be hung up in our house for everyone one to see once it finished. Plus it will also be a test to see if she orders me to do the remaining three children, so I must do this one without any negative feedback, oh the horror!

First, I started by doing a brief sketch of my son posed in an area with good lighting and a neutral expression. I started on the left eye and nose as these are the two details that I have the most trouble. I’m using Derwent soft pastel pencils, and I also have soft pastel chalks and a blending stump in my art kit.

I’m not sure if I will be doing a recorded Part1 and Part2 series, leading onto a Part 3 and so on or create a long time-lapsed video of the whole portrait. The reason for this is the time I spend on the painting as I only want to work on it when I have a whole morning or afternoon free from distractions.

I will keep you updated on the progress of the painting and the decision on how I want to proceed with my time-lapsed recordings.