This portrait of my son Jordan is a departure from my usual pastel work. I love working with pencils, and this project gave me the opportunity to develop my skills with that medium.
Originally, this was to be a preliminary sketch for a pastel piece, but I like how the values turned out using graphite, so I decided to complete it this way! It seems to more dramatically reflect the mood of the subject.
Thanks for the look and I'll see you next week!
Do you have a side business that you have had for a while? If so, I'd like to hear from you. It has been encouraging to follow other people who are committed to their side gigs while holding down a day job. I've been asked "why don't you do this for a living?" and I had always thought that it would ruin the joy of doing it if I had to depend on it for a living. Now I'm starting to see that really that's a mind-set. Really, finding joy in the work that you do is about your attitude, whether it's your day job or a sideline, right?
I've been lucky that I have a background in business, so I already know how to do the accounting part, but I'm no salesperson and I wasn't a marketing major! Thankfully blogging and social media are useful tools. And I am learning that old-fashioned "word of mouth" really works. And networking, like the actual human kind. Anyway, if you have a side business, I'd love to hear your story. I'm new to the entrepreneurial world, so any advice is appreciated! So far so good, people!
Based in Birmingham, AL, I love creating portraits in charcoal and pastels. Join me on my creative journey, inspired by the people, places, and pets I've met along the way!