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Johnny Depp in Pastel by geraden22 Johnny Depp in Pastel by geraden22
Finally complete!

Johnny Depp from People.com reference photo. 16x20 on Canson Mi-Teintes paper in pastels and pastel pencil.

This took me 12-15 hours total, stretched over several weeks. Learned a lot about pastels doing it!
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heartinart Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good art!
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geraden22 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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AliceInAzarath Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
i wish i could us pastels like you :( i love this ^^
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geraden22 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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AliceInAzarath Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
You're welcome ^^
Any tips?
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geraden22 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'm no expert by any means. Taking classes from someone much more talented than myself now. But here are some for a start:

Use a textured paper or sandpaper. Canson Mi-Tientes is a good textured paper to start with. If you can afford it, Ampersand Pastelbord is the best surface for me. Board covered with sanded texture, and very sturdy. Only problem is finding a frame thick enough for it when you're done. (Blick Spectrum Frames work well.)

Do not use a fixative. They always darken the picture and make it spotty. (Johnny Depp here looked much better before he was sprayed.) Instead, mount it behind glass, with a mat to keep space between them.

Use harder pastels (such as NuPastel) for your base colors, softer pastels for layers on top of that, and pastel pencils for details.

Hope that helps! :)
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Kentcharm Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
I use the same paper for my pastels! I like the glow of the skin and the folds in his shirt. Nice :D
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geraden22 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, the folds turned out pretty good.

I like the Mi-Teintes paper, but after testing out some pastel board samples, I'm thinking that's the way to go in the future. Much more texture, allowing a lot more layers of pastel.
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009   Traditional Artist
Really great :clap:
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geraden22 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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