With the encouragement of my husband, I went out and got some new pastels yesterday. The pastels I had were nice, but I had very limited colors. I had no red and only very light greens. So, I went to our local craft store and purchased several sets of pastels, a large clipboard, paper, and some blenders. Today, I practiced a lot! I drew a picture of a tulip, now that I had bright red. I am happy with the result….
After completing the tulip drawing, I wanted to attempt some skin tones. I have watched an artist use pastels for portraits before, and since I am pretty comfortable with pencil portraits, I thought, why not. I looked through some photos of family members, but all seemed just too difficult for me to try. So, I looked at photos I had taken of myself. I found one. I decided to draw a self portrait. I have not done a self portrait in pencil yet. And with realist pencil portraits I use a photo with a graph and also a graph on my drawing paper to make sure everything lines up correctly. Today, I got out of my comfort zone and not only drew a portrait in color with pastels, but also without using graphs. It doesn’t look exactly like me, but it is pretty close. I am very proud of how it turned out.
Sometimes to create 6eauty you just have to step out of your comfort zone and just go all in. Take the risk to try something new.