I was impressed by the stark work of Mark Demsteader and I wanted to try out a similar style. I did the one of Arthur first and although I haven’t got the aggressiveness of Demsteader’s style I like the stark tonal work on the warm background.With the second model I added more colour and did far more on the torso, but as I only had a part face to work on I wanted a more of a challenge, besides, I was taken by the folds in the model’s flesh.
Perhaps I should try mixing the pastels with water and reduce some of the intermediate tones. Another day.
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