This amazing pastel portrait immediately caught my attention when I first saw the thumbnail. It is so bright and vibrant, and the texture of the pastels on the paper gives an impression of real skin. I gave this for originality only because it is based on another reference. Two more things that make this such a nice portrait: 1. The warm, but muted colors; there are so many, but they are not too bright so the effect is not too overwhelming. 2. The yellow eyeshadow; the contrast with everything around it makes the whole portrait interesting to look at. Two things which could be better, in my opinion: 1. The lips are too detailed compared to the other features. Either make them a little more blurry, or give more detail to the other features, like the eyelashes and hair. 2. The light, whiter areas around her eye don't really fit with the rest of the color theme; it might be better if they were a warmer color. I hope this has been helpful! ~nfaas
Oh my gosh! Gorgeous! Before I saw the title, I was like, dude! This looks like Rihanna! And it sure is! xD What a GREAT pastel. I can't believe this is your first pastel portrait. You cannot tell. Girl, you got SO much skill. Please, never be discouraged, 'cause you can TOTALLY get far with this stuff. It's AMAZING.