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This is how a self-taught pastelist tackles a portrait. I did this 3 years ago. My method is very different now. But, the results are the same.
Mark - Pastel Portrait 1st session took about 3 hours Slideshow of process Will finish this tomorrow and post finished portrait.
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My older work
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Lately I have been painting in oil. I havent had much desire to work in pastels. I think it goes in cycles. Here are a few of my recent woks in oil.

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Work In Progress
At final stage of this oil portrait.  
Still to do: hand, modify shading, 
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I am not sure how I feel about digital paintings.  What is the purpose to take a photo and reproduce it on the computer with a digital drawing program that gives you "layers" to work your magic with.  It's more of a skill to me that actual painting medium is.  How do you feel about it?  
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Nothing can really take the place of a pencil. pen, or paintbrush. 
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All done with this one.  The frame works beautifully with the setting.
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Even though it is framed, I am still working on it.  Just some fine tuning to do on their faces.  This has been a very hard one.  
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View final version on my blog:
http://eye-of-artist.blogspot.com/
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Working on a pastel from a photo with an iPad really helps. The backlighting lights up the skin tones so much better than a printed image.
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Pastel portrait from a photo
11"x14" wallis paper
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Finally done with my "Comfy Couch" oil portrait.  Sorry,I take lousy photos of my work.  I have to use a tripod next time so I can make sure it is level.  It always looks like it is through the camera, but then when I crop it, the truth comes out.
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Oil on Canvas 
Autumn Mist
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I know it is the end of August, but I'm thinking of the autumn colors already.
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My name is Babs Haake.  I am a portrait artist.  I specialize in pastel portraits and Oil Portrait paintings.
Join me on my artist page and see what I am up to on  a weekly basis.  Previous jobs included Catalog Designer and Art Teacher in a private school, plus tutoring.  
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