Thanks NZ Jen! The pencil sharpener I use is the Royal P60. I picked it up at Sams Club for under 20 dollars, but I noticed this morning that online it seems to be going for $32.00 and up. It has an auto stop which I like as well. Here is a pic:
Would also love to hear what kind of sharpener it is.
Your compliments on my work have truly been a great help, but please feel free to criticise as well
Thanks so much
Oh wonderful - thanks Barbara - will definitely give that a try!
It's darn hard to find anything TO criticise in your gorgeous portrait. The only thing I can come up with (because I know I like to hear suggestions too) is perhaps try pushing the color a bit more in a portrait sometime. The current post about color on the Artists Daily blog suggests starting with exaggerating the color you see. My suggestion would be to play with (for a portrait) exaggerating some color just in the focal area, eg a touch in the cheek? eyes? hair?
I would be interested in others comments on this suggestion.
Comments and critiques welcome
I really appreciate your feedback. I love to hear of ways that could improve my work (as we all do), so thank you so much . I am defintiely going to read that blog and take some advice there.
Would love to hear everyone elses comments
Dom, I love your work. A little trick I learned from drafting: i sharpen my pastel pencils on sand paper. I simply push and twist the point until it is sharp. You can do this on regular sticks and save all the powder that comes off.