This is Mel, another friend I met through the magic of Facebook. I began this portrait determined not to overwork it, to leave some of the bright, posterized underpainting colors showing through. I managed it, but just barely.
The only way to keep from getting too tidy with these things is to make a mark and step back and squint and make another mark and step back and squint. I like how this one turned out. I especially appreciate the crazy hair in the photo reference and I wanted that and her beautiful eyes to take precedence over everything else.
I got my first set of pictures taken of it and had to add a couple more little marks, just because. It’s hard to let go of perfect. It would be helpful if I could focus on how I feel about what I’m doing versus what someone else might think about it.
Thank you, Mel, for sending me your beautiful face to paint!Mel, No. 19, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia
One thing I know, I’m getting much better at drawing glasses!
Here are the progress pics:
This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.
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