blog but I wanted to share my experience with other oil pastelists about my using only Holbein oil pastels this time around. While I've always used the brand before in combination with others, such as Sennelier, Caran d'Ache and Sakura Specialists, I've never used them as the onlies. The surface is Colourfix board (slightly gritty) and what a perfect combination this is! I loved working with these oil pastels. The appearance is more like that of a dry pastel. I'm not a great photographer, but maybe you can see the strokes in this close-up.
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Sleeping poses are always a pleasure to draw/paint because often the model actually does go to sleep and that makes it so easy to work. She's comfortable and I just keep on drawing till she wakes up! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
This drawing seems so much more stark than in real life, but as I've mentioned before, I'm not the best photographer. Anyway, this is another in my ongoing obsession with ballet. I took ballet for years and years, through college and even after, so I have lots of memories stored in my head and lately, I also have sketches.
My central characters are of course, the two girls in the center, the other two will probably show up in a later drawing. Mainly, this is the gestural basis for my piece and now that I look at it, I think the figure on the left needs to be moved closer to the edge a little. I was looking for a casual chat between these girls and think it's a successful gesture.
This piece is sketched on grey Colourfix paper (9 x 12") and while I may end up doing a bigger version, this is it for now. I just drew freely - my favorite part - and then will use my finger or my finger wrapped in a paper towel to smooth out the background - and also not leave it that white. I have a big white Sennelier oil pastel and it's so easy to just madly scribble with it. Usually I use the regular size Senneliers, but I do have some of the big ones and they are also great to work with. Give them a try!
Will fill this in day by day and post my progress here. Thanks so much for sharing my oil pastel journey!
Friday, August 24, 2018
A note about drawing with oil pastel on this surface (acrylic paint) - it's kind of slick and the oil pastel can really slide around, which can be good or bad, depending on how you like to work with this medium. Also, I have some of these pieces on this same kind of surface and have never sprayed them with oil pastel fixative, but I'm going to wait a couple of weeks, then spray this one and report back on how it accepted the fixative - (does it seem well-protected?). Whether I'm happy with the fixative result or not, as long as I frame it under glass (plexiglass), it doesn't really matter.
I really do encourage you to try working over acrylic especially on acrylic paper if you haven't already - it's soul-satisfying if you're a lover of working in oil pastel because the sticks are even more responsive than usual - and that's saying something. Of course, this one is done with the very creamy Sennelier oil pastels, but if you would rather not have the slick feel, then one of the less oily feeling ones should do perfectly. This piece is 12 x 12" - thanks for stopping by!
NOTE: I sprayed with fixative and it accepted the spray perfectly - no worries!