by Amina Bouraoui
I made this portrait of a Tunisian woman using soft pastels (Rembrandt and Maimeri) on a gray velour paper. The size of the picture is about 500 mm x 350 mm.
I like doing portraits using any kind of tools (pencils, charcoal, pastel, sanguine, acrylic, gouache, watercolor). This woman figures in a photography book by Michael Tomkinson. I liked her smile, and the way she seems to be happy.
I'm pleased with the expression of this woman (happiness and kindness), but I'm not happy about the background, I think that it can be much better.