death by pastel

art (or something like it) by Kas Thomas


Give me a crayon. Duck for cover.

 

I did this in my hotel room during the 2008 Henry Stewart DAM Conference in New York. (Click to enlarge.)







This is how a portrait starts. I pencil in the eyes first. Then a nostril. Then the line separating the lips. Everything flows from there.







I tried a more impressionistic approach here. One more cognac and I would've had it.







"Girl drawing herself" (2005). Sometimes you struggle on a piece for weeks in order to end up with crap. This one, I did in a lunch hour. And it's one of my favorite things ever.