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"Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby PogArt » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:31 pm

Hi my friends...
I'd like to share with you my next drawing...
I spent 6h already,to get it to this base stage...
I'll call it "Grandpa" as it was my wife's grandpa indeed...
It was a very wise man,who passed away a few years ago.
Everybody is missing him since then.

This is how I remember him, of being sitting outside his country house, happy to start his wise tales from the past...

This is why I decided to draw him,wearing his work clothes, and having as a background the bricks of his house...

I was concerned whether to place the bricks behind or not...
But even if it might affect the focus on the main subject, I think the house will play very important role on this drawing for me.

Grandpa will release a very warm memories about him, and the house's bricks will suggest the very special place,that was always safe to come...

This is an idea of this drawing, I hope you like it...

I shall mention that I'm working on crap reference photo.
When I magnified granpa's face to get the outline-it was square pixels...
I tried my best to make it better by LR and PS post processing...
What you see below is the best I could achieve.

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-Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencils.
-Sennelier Sanded Paper , A3 size.

PS;. Please forgive me all you Facebook friends...
To be quicker (lazier) I did copy and paste above story from FB post ;)
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby Laurene » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:59 pm

I love the story behind this. I agree with your decision to keep the brick background - I would have done the same thing because this is how your family remembers him. Looking forward to updates!

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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby PogArt » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:37 pm

Thank you Laurene.
I'm happy you agree with my choice ...
;)
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby PogArt » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:24 pm

Hi there ...
It's been nearly all week since I've sent my mobile phone to the manufacturer with some issues...
I've received my phone back this afternoon ;)
After some settings I were able to use my camera again, so here we are - next update ;)

I didn't touch the face much yet, I rather have focused on to surroundings like bricks and especially the top jacket...
The hat is very light in colour, kind of washed out, so even if I've altered it with couple of layers, you won't be able to appreciate it yet ;)

This is actually the first time I guess, I haven't start with the face?
It's because when I were drawing my wife's portrait, after I have done her face I started dealing with the hair...
What I didn't like was getting the pastels powder over the nearly finished face...
I were afraid not to ruin the portrait then...

So now I'm trying to get the surroundings nearly done, before I start with the face, if that's making any sense ?

Thank you for watching , all critiques much welcome !!!
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby Laurene » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:47 pm

Hi Artur. I saw this update on facebook earlier and as I said there the shirt and jacket look great. I love the way you sculpted the folds using shadows.

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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby PogArt » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:19 pm

I know dear Laurene...
I'm trying to keep updating all sites at one go ;)
I hope you don't mind I'm simply copy/paste this post over FB page?
The story I'm writing is the same but the time would be doubled if I start writing it separately every each time, lol ;)
I am happy you appreciate my efforts regarding his clothes but I hope you aware that the shirt is just a base layer ;)
I wish I could receive the same warm and keen comments later on, when I do some more work on the shirt ;)
I'll try to not to disappoint you ;)

Thank you ;)
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby Bev » Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:52 pm

Nice work Artur, it's always difficult to try and work from a bad reference, but you are doing just fine so far. Love the jacket, nicely done. Look forward to seeing your updates
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby PogArt » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:45 pm

I think I need to get used to poor quality reference pictures Bev...
It's because so many people using mobile phone cameras and not many pictures are taken just correctly but they'd love to ask to draw from them ;)
What I can't see on the picture I'll have to make it up from my imagination ;)
I hope this drawing will turn out into something good looking...
Thank you for your keen comment Bev ;)
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby PogArt » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:47 pm

Hi dear friends.
I'm sorry for keep in quiet for so long...
One excuse is that I'm lazy and visiting FB more often because I can not upload any pictures with my mobile phone on TDF ?
Some software issue I guess?
So to post on TDF I need to use computer, what was broken down for about two weeks ...
I've fixed computer and started working on Grandpa's portrait once again.
The ref.picture was on computer, so broken computer did hit two birds with one stone ...
No ref.picture = no drawing ;(
Just moment ago I realised how long I weren't posting any updates, when I noticed the green face of grandpa !!!
Lol ;)
So here you are ;)
Some more progress my friends, and good news is that the face isn't green any more ;)
I hope you like the way this drawing is turning up ...

All the best my friends.

PS.; I tried to make the picture as close to what I see on the paper as possible, but I didn't manage to do it exactly the same...
On the paper it's looking much better ... I think ;)
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby Laurene » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:13 am

Looking really good Artur! This is going to make a great memory for grandpa's family. I love his eyes - they're so blue - and the shirt and jacket are looking great too. Looking forward to seeing updates now that you have your computer back. Luckily you didn't lose all your images!!

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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby PogArt » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:25 am

Thank you Laurene for your time to place a comment for me ;)
The grandpa's eyes are more washed out in real, grey blue like...
I will carry on the eyes yet, so I don't know whether they will remain blue or will become more on grey side of tone ;)
To be honest a week ago I were thinking I failed to draw the Grandpa nicely, I though it's not the way it was supposed to be...
But since yesterday's update I'm about to start changing my mind ?
It's actually not too bad looking drawing ;)
I hope it's not, lol ;)

Regarding computer...
Yes I were worry to not to lose all the pictures and so on...
Maybe I wouldn't lose the files with pictures, as I've placed them on separate/spare disc drive, so they might be just ok in case of doing fresh software again on to main disc drive...
But what an effort and time consuming ;)

Thank you Laurene and have a nice day ;)
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby kennyc » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:58 am

looking good! Glad you got the computer repaired and are working on the drawing! Will be looking forward to an update soon! :D
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby PogArt » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:25 pm

Thank you very much Kenny ;)
I hope it's not compliment only, but you mean it ;)
Not much left, will post some update probably at the end of the week ;)
Thanks ;)
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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby Bob1298 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:15 pm

Job well done, I don't do much with pastel so I hesitate to comment...but your end result is well done. Congratulations

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Re: "Grandpa" - pastel drawing

Postby PogArt » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:06 pm

Hi Bob ;)
Thank you for your keen comment, honesty I'm happy someone else do like it ;)
There's still few things to carry on, including the background, but it's closer than farther to call this portrait finished ;)
I hope you'll like the final result as well...
I don't know what media you have mastered, but this is my last piece of drawing...
I decided to move on airbrushing...
Whether I succeed or fail I feel I have to give it a try ;)
This is DRAWING forum, so I'm wonder if I can still belong in here regarding the airbrush arts ? ;)
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