#80 and back to color

This is my latest commission. I think it is done, but I just sent a photo of the drawing to the woman who commissioned it, so I will see if it is really finished or not.

This is colored pencil and pastel and since this was a commission, I wanted to draw it on good paper. I used Stonehenge paper, which is great for colored pencil alone, but I was not sure how it would handle the pastel. I was very happy with the way the paper performed. For my other drawings of the day that I used the same technique, but on different (cheaper) paper, I found that the colored pencil did not adhere very well to the paper’s surface once a layer of pastel had been put down. The Stonehenge paper was much more forgiving. I wish that I could afford to do all my portraits of the day on Stonehenge, because it really does make a difference in the final product.

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