I spent some time enjoying this exercise purely on an experimental basis. I also found an article on this very skill in my latest edition of the artist magazine which I found really helpful in gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for it too.
I started by having some fun in my smaller sketchbook. I played with the colours, blending effects, sharp lines, etc.
I then did a simple landscape experimenting with clouds etc and colours etc.
Pastels are very messy and fun which I really enjoyed. Separating the colours became challenging at points which is an advantage and disadvantage of using them. I actually like the practice and experimental piece of work more than the landscape. I think this is because it felt less restricted. I’m going to explore this further in my personal research and creative work.
For this exercise I used soft pastels. I’m going to explore the effects of oil pastels for personal research too.
Overall I am thankful for this exercise, pastels are definitely a tool I will be using in the future. I would like to see how this would benefit painting movement as well as flowers. I will take this further in the future.
I found it really does cover large areas by using the side of the stick. Fading and blending shades is really easy too. Using the point for bold contrast works really well. It presents stillness and stability within the movement of the blended areas. I sprayed my fixative to keep everything in places one I was finished of course. Overall this was really enjoyable and helpful.
I found the artists handbook of materials and techniques very useful for this experiment. To give me a deeper understanding of this subject as finished
Further experimentation and personal work
I have to say I literally adore pastels. The more I have used them, the more I have fallen in love with them. Possible shades, tones and effects really suit what I want to achieve. Really loving using them. I will be adding some of my sketchbook tomorrow. I have also discovered how amazing fixative is at helping me achieve lighter tones and detail once I have finished.
I have included a simple landscape that I was experimenting with which I really liked. I completed a larger one that I really wasn’t happy with but it was a really good experiment to learn from.
The first image is a development from a sketch that I did of a man who was homeless holding tightly to his beloved dog. I was so touched by this mans selflessness and compassion. Although he was holding tight to his friend, he really didn’t create the impression that he was doing it to keep himself warm. Instead he wrapped his blanket around the dog and they appeared to be holding hand to paw too. this was very moving, and often a moment that can be overlooked. I am a huge lover of those beautiful acts of humanity and kindness. capturing them is a huge passion of mine. I was really happy with the results of using pastels with the human figure and cannot wait to explore this further in my work.