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Verdaccio Pastel Pencil Technique for Portraiture taught by Suzann Beck


December 6 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm



This unusual pastel pencil technique makes portrait drawing seem almost magical. Learn how an “under-drawing” in green values can make your finished skin tones look natural and luminous. The workshop will feature best practices and a demonstration in the morning session with hands-on student work in the afternoon. Students will work from their own photos, learning how to transfer an initial drawing to pastel paper, and how to build skin tones in a step-by-step process. Attention will be paid to drawing accuracy and rendering light effect. Verdaccio is an underpainting technique and specific paint color of green used by Italian fresco painters of the early Renaissance. Verdaccio was used to establish tonal values in fresco painting quickly, creating a soft greenish-gray for the shadows of flesh tones. Modern painters use it similarly to establish values in an underpainting and leverage the optical affects from its interaction with complementary colors. 

Verdaccio Pastel Pencil Portrait MN State Fair Blue Ribbon 2022

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