A few weekends ago I attended a portrait workshop at Barnet Guild of Artists’ studio.

In the morning I did a study of the model in pastel and charcoal.


In the afternoon I painted another model in watercolour.

First I did the underdrawing in pencil:


Then I started painting using watercolour:


Adding some colours in the background:img_4484



I was at the studio from 10 am to 3:30pm. It was a very productive and enjoyable day !



Pastel portrait of my sister with a cat

New pastel portrait ‘My sister with a cat’

my sister with a cat

Drawing process

For this drawing I’m only using a green conte pastel and a white conte pastel for highlights

First draw outlines roughly


Adding details : Start drawing from dark tones then mid tones


Adding highlights with white pastel



my sister with a cat

Pastel portrait


I have been painting portraits in pastels recently.

This is a portrait of my partner who is sketching me. He is also an artist so we sometimes draw each other.


Drawing process :

Started drawing with a grey conte pastel


Emphasizing dark tones with dark brown pastel


adding backgrounds with grey pastel


painting mid tones with brown pastel, highlighting with white pastel…and finish!


Self-portrait ‘The Artist in Green Summer Dress’

I had been working on my self-portrait to enter into a self-portrait painting competition for the last few weeks.

I finally finished the painting on Monday.

The artist in green summer dress_yumikudo

What do you think?

I’ll show you the painting process.

First I did an underdrawing. I’m using a Winsor & Newton Artist’s Watercolour 300gsm Cold Pressed paper

rough pencil

Putting colours in watercolour. Shadows and darkest areas first


Putting more colours in

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Started painting the background


Adding textures with pastel

portrait pastel

Adding highlights with white pastel

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Here is the finished painting ‘The Artist in Green Summer Dress’The artist in green summer dress_yumikudo

Self Portrait in Acrylic Paint

Hello hope you are having a nice weekend:)

I’m currently working on self-portraits to enter into a competition.

I’ve finished one painting and I wanted to show you.

.finished selfportrait

*Painting Process*

First I did a rough underpainting in pastel

portrait pastel

Then started painting over it using acrylics

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Started using paint rollers to paint more intuitively


Started using bright orange and yellow acrylic paints because I like bright colours and I wanted the painting to look cheerful


and here is the finished piece..! what do you think?

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Portrait painting..finished!


I have finally finished this portrait painting ‘Dreaming’


I spent many hours on this painting layering colours over and over and changing background many times.

I will show you how I painted this:)

in my previous blog I showed you up to this image


I didn’t like the two square frames in the background, so I decided to replace one of the frames with this Japanese mask I found in the model’s room.

japanese mask


I wanted to leave some brush strokes so I started using a flat brush not worrying too much about details


I still didn’t like the background.. I think there’s too much going on. So I finally decided not to put anything on the wall.FullSizeRender[3]

and here’s the finished work!


Work in progress..

Hello! Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

I’m currently working on a portrait and here is the sneak peak 🙂

Portrait acrylic painting

I’ll show you the process so far:) I used acrylics for this painting.

I started painting directly on the canvas board without a preparatory drawing.


Added more details…


Added details in backgrounds.. The model was also an artist and had many of his drawings framed and put up on the wall in his house, so I decided to include them in my painting.

imageimagePortrait acrylic painting

Thanks for reading!

I’ll keep you updated with the progress:)