Very pleased with my latest portrait commission

I was surprised and pleased to be contacted by Cheryl King from Perth Australia last month through my website. She had been searching using Google for a portrait artist and found me – the power of the internet!

It turned out that she was originally from the UK and her father, who had turned 90 in March 2018, lives near Preston in Lancashire. After exchanging emails we arranged for Cheryl, her father Brian and mother Hilda to come for lunch so that my wife Cath could take some photos of him.

It took and while for him to relax but during lunch he started chatting and laughing and Cath caught him perfectly. However it took over 50 images to capture the right one….we went through the best of them with Cheryl and Brian and they were in agreement that this photo best captured Brian’s cheeky side….

It took me over 30 hours to capture the detail and character of his face using pastel pencils ( a mixture of Derwent, Conte, Cretacolour and Faber Castell ) on my favourite Art Spectrum Colourfix paper. The background was blended using layers of Art Spectrum soft pastels. I am very pleased with the result. You see a short video of me at work on my facebook and instagram pages. If you would like to follow in Cheryl’s footsteps and commission a portrait from me please get in touch!




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  2. cheryl king · June 27, 2018

    Many thanks Ivan.
    This portrait of my dad is just outstanding!
    It just captures him perfectly and is already a much loved family treasure!
    The whole family are staggered by the likeness and the detail and just how true to dad it is.
    Many thanks to both you and Cathy for ensuring the whole experience was really one to remember and treasure.
    I cannot recommend your skills as an artist highly enough!
    (…topped only maybe by your skill at making a sensational fruit crumble!)
    Many Thanks Cheryl


    • Ivan Jones Pastel Artist · July 19, 2018

      So sorry for the very delayed reply Cheryl – I only discovered it when I posted my latest artwork! Your comments are very much appreciated and valued. I am delighted that your family love Brian’s portrait and that you all enjoyed the experience as much as we did! Hope all is well with your parents, family and yourself and it was a pleasure to meet you and to spend time creating something special for you all. With best wishes Ivan and Cathy.


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