“African Future” – work in Progress

Here’s a small kid I came across in Namibia some months ago. Whenever I do a portrait of my choice (in other words, not a commission), I make certain I have a reason for doing it. In this case, it was the boy’s expression which shouted “paint me”.

I’m using Art Spectrum Colourfix, Terra Cotta colour which will help the skin really come to life. I’ve done my gridded drawing on a separate sheet of paper and then transferred it to the colourfix. I’m working mostly with Conte pastel pencils and a few assorted pastel sticks. The sixe is 18″ x 12″

These two shots show some of the colours I’ve been using, first in the eyes and then around the mouth area.

And this is where I am up to now