Sketch Chronology - original oil pastel sketches by Connie Chadwell
This quick, casual little 7 x 5" portrait is the end result of the following sketches. First came the pen sketch that I did last summer at the rodeo. The girl in the drawing was interesting to me because of her posture, I think. She was slumped in her chair so much that her chest area was almost concave. She was nice to hold still for me while I drew her. I made notes on the sketch that I didn't incorporate into the portrait. For instance, I didn't think the sprigged fabric or the lace edging on the neck of the dress would work in such a small space, so I ignored those two things.
The following photos show the progress of the portrait. Beginning with the ink drawing, then the oil pastel line drawing - and on to more refinements. (The early sketches were taken next to a bright window, but the one at the top of the posting, the final one, was taken in a darker room, so, of course, it's a little darker than the others).
I know there are all kinds of blenders that oil pastel artists use to smudge, blend, etc., but I just use my fingers. I once had an instructor comment that it's important to know which direction to move your fingers, or other blending instrument, when blending your pastels and I think that's so true.