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The Linguist


31 cm x 47 cm, unfixed pastels on paper.

This is a portrait of my wife, called "The Linguist". I don't often produce portraits, so this piece was an especially interesting challenge. I put quite a bit of time and effort into this piece.

I wanted to record accurately observed colours and tones within the modelling of the facial features, so I chose to do the portrait using unfixed soft pastels. In this way, the applied pastel would stay the same colour as when I applied it.

I started the portrait during winter on 27th July 2017, directly from my wife in natural light. I arranged the subject so that she was appropriately surrounded by personal objects, she had interesting lighting across her facial features, and she had a particular relaxed expression on her face. I wanted to have her head facing slightly away from my view, and not have her looking directly at me. I finished the portrait around the 13th September 2017, about 7 weeks after starting it. I photographed my wife during the first session as a reference for allowing me to continue on the portrait long after the light and pose had changed.

 

 

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