Nightmare in pastel

You know when you start a painting and think it’s going to be great but it gradually gets worse and worse? Well this is exactly what happened with my first attempt at painting J.

It started so well, with a strong drawing, good composition:
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But quickly descended into a pastel nightmare with a lack of tone and contrast:button 4

And finally ended up like this:

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I’m not proud, or pleased, but posted this anyway to show that we all get it wrong sometimes. I’m going to chalk this one up to experience and learn from the obvious mistakes made, so that my next portrait will be better.

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  1. I like seeing the learning process, and hearing your explanation. I can understand why you feel the way you feel about this, but truth be told, there is still more talent in this ‘nightmare’ than there is in a lot of so-called notable work. Congrats on you for being awesome, trying new things, learning, sharing, and resolving to be even more excellent next time –> that’s how mastery is done!


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