Blog post#7: selfies

By: Malak


The process of creating the oil pastel painting takes work but the completion is worth it in the end. The process of taking a selfie and drawing out the portrait before starting with the oil pastel and water colours is important. It allows you to have an idea of how you want everything to be. Breaking down the components to create the final piece is crucial. Some skills learned is that oil pastels cannot be erased and that is not necessarily a negative thing. In Malaks drawing where the red is wiped off, she thought she made a “mistake” and tried to erase but it smudged. Therefore, Malak decided to do that to the whole cape she is wearing in the portrait. Mistakes are not mistakes in art!

An element I will describe in this post is space. Within the portrait of the girl in the hijab both positive and negative space appear. The actual painting of the girl is positive space, while the angles around in white is negative space. The white area between the rose/petal and the person is negative space. The roses are positive space while the white space between each rose is negative space.




In my portrait of myself, I used water colour for the light tones of my body like my face and my back. Whereas for my hair and my eyes I used pastel, so that it stands out in my portrait.

Sarah Maggie

In this portrait the element of perception was emphasized. The starting of the portait was using a selfie and recreating it on paper. The adding of pastels added resistance and smudges that gave a more refined look. The adding of water color and lines on the face of the portrait were to represent how the artist feels about her image and facial features including the personal touch of pointillism seen at the bottom and top of the portrait done in a green-blue tint. Doing this type of work allows educators to learn how to mix colors together to make up different colors including how limited materials can give different textures to one painting,




A light sketch of a portrait was made with a pencil. Grid lines were used to help with eye width, eyebrow height, and nose, ears, and mouth placement. When the sketch was done, the grid lines and any smudges were erased. Black oil pastels were used to outline the hair, eyebrows, and glasses, and a mix of purple and pink pastels were used to outline the shirt. Watercolours were used for the rest of the portrait. Big bristled brushes were used to colour in large areas like the hair and skin. Fine brushes were used to paint in small details like the eyes, nose, and lips. Watercolours were mixed if the intended colour was not already on the palette. For example, the light beige skin tone was made by combining yellow, orange, and white paint. Watercolours were also painted over pastels to create a smoother outline and blend colours.



For the self portrait the artist picked a picture that showed the finer details of her face. Sketching the face using pencil was important to be able to draw the features of the face before adding color. Also detail was added to the hair to make the image more refined, Now when adding the water colour and oil pastel it was a bit of a resistance for the piece. The oil pastel to highlight certain parts like the colour of my hair. Mixing both the water colour and pastel colours together to emphasize the colour of hair. For the shirt the artist used two pastel colours, and then used a paper to mix the colours to make the colour of the shirt more realistic. What was learned about these materials is that pastels are easily smudge able and cannot be erased so you must be careful when placing certain colours at certain spots.



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