Playing with Pan Pastels

Pan Pastels are something that intrigued me but I had never used them as a portrait medium.  I have seen videos of artists using them in place of paint and the results are amazing. I wanted to see what it was like to create with them.  My friend, Lorraine, was kind enough to give me carte blanche with hers.

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I sketched a face on vintage ledger paper and started coloring in the shadows. I am a novice when it comes to shadows and highlights and don't fully understand it yet but I was determined to try with Lorraine's assistance.  If you haven't seen her portraits yet, you are missing out on some inspiring artwork!

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Eyes and lips certainly helped her look more lifelike.  I wanted to play with shadows in deep colors. I achieved that quite well.  Blending? Not there yet.

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Here she is finished with scrapbook paper added for her flower and blouse.  I really like her as she shows real progress. I would love to learn more about pan pastels and shadows and light. I love trying new things!