Oil Pastel Portrait of Martin
Our friend Martin called round to loan us some old photographs to scan for a book project and was recruited to be photographed for portrait reference images.
He obliged most graciously even stricking a pose when I suggested that I hoped to put as much fun into my project as possible.
A little more tricky to capture than a straightforward view – but I’m pleased with the outcome – and I think I have achieved a likeness!
When drawing on a mid-toned ground I usually start by picking out the highlights in the image – this time the hair and highlights on the brow, cheeks and nose, before investigating features and the darkest areas of shadow… Then comes the colour and finally a few refinements.
The best part is when I start to recognise the character – and hopefully I have locked a little Martin glee into this piece!