My NuPastel Portrait Palette Colors

Artists often ask me which brand of hard pastels I use, as well as what specific colors are in my portrait palette. Well, to answer this question once and for all, I've created a chart of my favorite NuPastel portrait colors, along with a collection of grays that I keep in my portrait palette. I purchase these NuPastels in single sticks online from resellers like Jerry's Artarama. All the numbers on this chart correspond with the official NuPastel color chart numbers, so you can easily order them yourself. If you want to learn how to sharpen these to a point, watch my video where I given a demonstration. I hope you find this helpful!

Art About Town, Opening Night Street Party

Live Street Portraits by Alain J. Picard

Westport's Art About Town kicked off with an opening night street party Thursday night, May 30. I had a wonderful time painting live pastel portraits on the streets of downtown Westport. With all the hustle and bustle of the crowd, the excitement of artists painting, live dance performances and music, it really was an amazing experience.

6 Basic Skin Types

While there is a vast array of beautiful people throughout the world, and a multitude of ethnic backgrounds, I find it helpful to group them into 6 basic skin types in order to approach the process of painting skin tones in a pastel portrait. Here is a chart I've created representing the 6 basic skin types; pale, fair, medium, olive, naturally brown, and very dark brown/black. My portrait palette box is organized to represent all of these skin types, so that I'm always prepared for any skin type I may encounter. Samples of each skin type are represented below.