This is the first stage of the painting of the two children based on Emile Vernon Poster’s Painting. This is going to be a delight to do and as you can see the pastel pencils are proving to be an ideal medium for this subject.
I needed a different approach with this subject as I normally paint adult portraits. The main difference is in the smoothness and translucence of the skin, no lines or wrinkles. To achieve this effect I used the usual white, ivory and ochre’s but added greys to the mix. The eyes were particularly tricky and I had to adopt a more impressionistic approach, but this was all to the good as I feel that they are turning out well so far. The nose, lips and teeth are again a very different process from my usual adult techniques but once again I am pleased with how they have come out. This face is not finished as yet for I will return to add more refinements as the picture progresses.
I will pose an interesting question for you. Try to guess what part of the picture of the two children would you do next – The hair? The other child’s face? The background? Well I won’t give it away here but I can say there is a very good reason why I have chosen which part it will be and I will explain the reasons next time.