Here are photos of a portrait painting created in pastel.
To start a portrait there are many decisions to be made even before anything is started. Things like, how much of the figure will be included in the portrait, the background color, the subject's pose, clothing and overall composition.
The first step is always drawing for me. I sketch my ideas out and work within the client's chosen size of the portrait. For this portrait commission I was asked to create an upper torso/head and shoulders portrait. I sketched my final drawing onto the sanded pastel board. When working on a pastel painting, I usually work top to bottom because of the fall of the pastel dust. It is much cleaner that way
To protect my hands from the abrasive texture of the sanded board and to keep them clean, I wear gloves.
For the skin tones there are many layers and many additional colors added to create subtle nuances in the complexion.
Finishing up the jacket.
The completed portrait!