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Abbietaya

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on: June 06, 2017, 11:40:37 AM
First time freehand on vic bearcroft's velour pastel paper, using hard pastels white and black and a soft pastel olive green. my main thought about this paper? It successfully picked up the dander my dog shook off after she had been playing in the garden. I somewhat successfully managed to remove most of it from the paper using my emeryboard carpet fluff remover! 


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Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017, 01:02:32 PM
This is so beautifully done! Leon is obviously king of the castle...at least in his mind.  :whistle:

I have wanted to try velour paper, but can't find any in this country.  :(   I would love to try some of my animal photos I've collected over the years, I love the effect the velour has on fur in pastel.

Brilliant work Liz  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #2 on: June 06, 2017, 01:26:45 PM
Great freehand drawing Liz.  Leon has a regal look.  :clap:

 I would imagine on the velour paper it would pick up a lot of fluff and excess dust from the soft pastel, I havent advanced to animals yet but I agree with Val it does give the fur that soft look so may give it a try one day as well.
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Reply #3 on: June 06, 2017, 02:13:07 PM
Thank you both;
 Vic  bearcroft swears by this paper , i can see why , the technique he uses means the contrast in tones appears gradually and naturally. He recommends hard pastels over soft , he says soft pastels tends to cling to the surface of the fibres.

The technique he advises is to round off one of the corners of the hard pastel and lightly start to shade with short strokes starting at the out edge and working in . between each layer gently rub into the fibre. In my cat i had 6 layers of white on the chest and  chin. Once you are happy with the tone then tidy up with the sharp edge of the pastel. The black hard pastel is used to tidy the edges and correct mistakes more of an eraser really.  Before putting the soft pastel in the eyes i put white down i think i put 2 layers there , i think this did 2 things one obviously lightened the olive green plus i think it helped the soft olive green to stay put. By the way, he said if you mess up you can use a vacuum cleaner to clean your paper! Honest! He wasn't joking he said he uses a car vac and then graduates up to the larger one if there are stubborn bits to clean. :thankyou: :painting:


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Reply #4 on: June 06, 2017, 11:04:01 PM
Wow, Liz, you did well with this new medium.  You really made the car look alive.

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Reply #5 on: June 07, 2017, 02:25:20 AM
Hi mea,
Thank you. It picks up everything thats floating in the air!  Not good with animals about    :2funny:
But i can see why vic bearcroft likes using it, the tones develope gradually and naturally so you don't have to worry about them...
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Reply #6 on: June 07, 2017, 04:32:54 AM
 :heeha: oh wow! Leon is absolutely gorgeous.  You drew him freehand?  Impressive  :clap:
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Reply #7 on: June 07, 2017, 07:01:56 AM
Liz I thought you might enjoy seeing the work of this brilliant artist who paints animals in pastel on velour. Inspiration plus! Her name is Janet Thatcher.

www.ligerwolvedesigns.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTcnms2e9Ws&list=PLljGv4MI3CwJq_5a0RU90bu5CDlBhHJb2&index=2&t=852s
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Reply #8 on: June 09, 2017, 10:46:04 AM
Hi Val,
Super thank you

I had a look at the youtube, wow, first thing i noticed is she has a totally different technique to the one i was told to use on velour. There is an option to ask questions so i took a chance and ask her about the difference, i'll be interested in her answer. I think she will answer , she strikes me as being an approachable person. Thank you for telling me about her , she also mention an american called leslie thomas  i think..  i don't think i will ever get to janets standard but hey its a target to aim for  :2funny: :thankyou: :painting:
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Reply #9 on: June 09, 2017, 10:53:46 AM
Hi kathy,
 I purchased a kit from the saa, they had a workshop with vic bearcroft. I couldn't do the workshop but i had the kit. The kit included tracedown but the photo was so dark i couldn't see it very well. So i ran the saa video of the workshop and the picture appeared lighter on screen so i drew it freehand from there, i used ordinary school chalk to draw the guide lines. There are only a few guide lines the ears (a suggest off ears) the side  face, eye  and down the leg.

Take care  :thankyou: :painting:
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