Paint Basket Member Art Forum

Author Topic: Getting to know pastels  (Read 732 times)

RebecaM

  • Color Wheel
  • *
  • Posts: 77
on: July 03, 2017, 04:58:03 AM
Hello everyone!
I was planning to start learning about this lovely medium for quite a while. In this thread I will post exercises and drawings made after tutorials from books or internet.
This is my first drawing in pastel pencils (I prefer to start with them instead of pastel sticks because they give me the feeling of more control over what I do, more detail and are less dusty. I draw at home in my spare time, so creating as little dust as possible is a must).
I would appreciate very much any feedback and constructive criticism in order to improve my work and learn more. Thank you kindly.


Kathysutterlin

  • Easel
  • *
  • Posts: 1944
  • Each day is a gift! Live it fully.
Reply #1 on: July 03, 2017, 06:39:30 AM
👍🏼 Nice work, Rebecca. How do you like the pastel pencils? I like the idea of trying pastel without the dust. 😃
Kathy S.


Val

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 19128
  • SMILE, It's a brand new day!
Reply #2 on: July 03, 2017, 07:50:34 AM
Well done Rebecca.

What pencils did you choose to work with? i tried a number of different ones and ended up with a small set of Carbothello, I'm hoping to get to try some Giocondas as i've heard some great things about them.

What paper did you use for this, it looks fairly light textured. So many decisions!
Cheers, Val

”Creativity is allowing yourselves to make mistakes. Work on knowing which ones to keep!”

- Alvaro Castagnet


Lisa gale

  • Palette
  • *
  • Posts: 462
Reply #3 on: July 03, 2017, 08:06:40 AM
This is great Rebecca.   I have Carbothellos and they are pretty good. So I'm interested to see what you are using
Lisa


RebecaM

  • Color Wheel
  • *
  • Posts: 77
Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 05:07:36 AM
Thank you Kathy, Val, Lisa. I'm sorry for answering you so late, sometimes it can be hard to maintain a balance between drawing and duties.
I have a set of 36 Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils which I mainly use and also some Derwent and Cretacolor. The Pitt Pastels and Cretacolor are a bit harder than Derwent, which helps when sharpening them. They are quite clean compared to traditional pastel sticks and are very good for detailing. I usually draw on A5 to A3 surfaces, which I find them perfect for.
Val, I didn't see Carbothellos in any art supplies shop from here, I believe they don't sell them in my country. I have only one Gioconda pastel pencil (light purple) which I haven't used that much, but from what I've seen it is softer than my other pastels, is easy to lay down and has vibrant pigment. For this drawing I worked on Fabriano Accademia paper. The manufacturer stated that this paper is suitable for pastels too and I can say it works very well to a point. It is good for sketches and quick studies, but it doesn't take many layers of pastel. I'm planning to use a paper with a heavier texture next time.


Val

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 19128
  • SMILE, It's a brand new day!
Reply #5 on: July 15, 2017, 06:17:06 AM
I managed to find some Fabriano Tiziano paper (white) while in Guatemala City. Haven't tried it yet, but setting up Dennis' Mist In The Valley to give it a go. Quite excited as this will be my first proper lesson with my stick pastels. I have not seen any of the Accademia paper. In the meantime i still have some of the Canson Mi Teintes to use up.

Have not seen any of the sanded papers as yet, has anyone tried these?

The Carbothello pencils are made by Stabilo which is a German company I believe. The only indication on the tin is that they are made in EU.

Thank you for the little note regarding the Giocondas. Looking forward to seeing more 'stuff' (  :whistle: ) when we visit friends in the states shortly.

I'm scouring the net (when I can) to learn as much about pastels as I can. So exciting!!!  :yippee:

Cheers, Val

”Creativity is allowing yourselves to make mistakes. Work on knowing which ones to keep!”

- Alvaro Castagnet


RebecaM

  • Color Wheel
  • *
  • Posts: 77
Reply #6 on: July 15, 2017, 06:58:20 AM
Val, I also have some Canson Mi Teintes colored paper which I'm planning to try soon. I didn't find sanded paper here, but it would be interesting to use it. Karen Margulis is a pastelist who works on this type of paper, she has a blog and youtube channel where she shows demos and talks about her projects and experieces. I like very much her landscapes done in impressionistic manner.
You are right about pastels, they are such a versatile medium to work with, I've never had so much freedom in drawing as I do with them. And I totally love their blendability and vibrant colors.


RebecaM

  • Color Wheel
  • *
  • Posts: 77
Reply #7 on: July 15, 2017, 07:11:56 AM
This is my second practice piece with pastels, done after a tutorial found on youtube. The real drawing is a bit softer in the cast shadow areas and left corner.  The background has a violet hue with subtle blue in it (here is too bluish), but this is the best result I've managed to obtain after editing the photo.
As usual, constructive criticism would be appreciated.


Val

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 19128
  • SMILE, It's a brand new day!
Reply #8 on: July 15, 2017, 08:49:45 AM
 :heeha: This is great! I think the shaded side could be a bit darker, but you're definitely on track with the contouring.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Cheers, Val

”Creativity is allowing yourselves to make mistakes. Work on knowing which ones to keep!”

- Alvaro Castagnet


Win

  • Easel
  • *
  • Posts: 1197
  • “Creativity is contagious, pass it on”
Reply #9 on: July 15, 2017, 12:43:05 PM
This is very well done Rebeca  :clap:
Win


TeresaM

  • Paint Brush
  • *
  • Posts: 663
Reply #10 on: July 17, 2017, 12:50:48 AM
Well done Rebecca
TeresaM
"It always seems impossible until it's done" Nelson Mandela


RebecaM

  • Color Wheel
  • *
  • Posts: 77
Reply #11 on: July 17, 2017, 07:11:04 AM
Thanks for looking, Val, Win, Teresa!
Val, thank you for the suggestion, I added some browns to darken the shaded side of the pears. This time I've photographed the drawing in the sunlight, so the colors are closer to the original.


Kathysutterlin

  • Easel
  • *
  • Posts: 1944
  • Each day is a gift! Live it fully.
Reply #12 on: July 17, 2017, 10:52:17 AM
 :smitten: I love it.
Kathy S.


mea hamo pena

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 13061
  • Oh, my! ART!
    • Long Lost Art by MaryAnne Long
Reply #13 on: July 17, 2017, 09:08:44 PM
Rebecca,

Beautiful work on the pears.  Even the wooden table top looks so well done.

aloha

mea
A day without art is like a day without sunshine.


Val

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 19128
  • SMILE, It's a brand new day!
Reply #14 on: July 17, 2017, 11:58:54 PM
Brilliant Rebeca, looks fantastic! Well done you!  O0     :clap: :clap: :clap:
Cheers, Val

”Creativity is allowing yourselves to make mistakes. Work on knowing which ones to keep!”

- Alvaro Castagnet


 

SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal