That Thing Where I Draw: Panchiwa

— November 06, 2009 (5 comments)
My latest experiment with pastels. This is our foster daughter, Pan,* though she's a lot more beautiful in person (one more thing I wish I could take credit for).

Mostly I wanted to try out realistic, non-cartoon colors and shading. Skintone, in particular, is really hard, but like every other pastel I've done, I had a lot of fun with this, and really that's the point.

Though there was a moment -- after I'd finished the pencil sketch but before I put down any color -- when I considered just detailing it in pencil. Maybe my creative mind is saying it's time to go back to that.

* That's pronounced bpahn. For you linguists, it's an unvoiced, unaspirated p. For you Thai readers, it's ปาน.

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  1. You really capture the essence of a person!

  2. I always envy people who are capable of drawing faces. I seem limited to objects; what I would give to be able to draw faces like that! Awesome!

  3. I love watching you improve, Adam! This is fabulous:) The shading looks really good.

  4. Did you create this from memory, a pic, or did you have her pose?

  5. Thanks for the compliments. Sara, I keep tossing around the idea of a How-To-Draw series, but (a) I don't know how effective it would be (won't know unless I try, I guess) and (b) I'm never sure how serious people are when they say they wish they could draw like this. Would you (or anyone) be interested in something like that?

    Good question, Bane. Most of my drawings are from pics. Even Suriya and Azrael used a lot of reference pictures. I'm not yet confident enough to draw from memory, and I'm afraid to ask my family to pose for however long it would take me to draw them :-)

    The picture in this case, if you're curious, is a larger version of this one (lower-right, w/ the volleyball).