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Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Nicholson Nov 8, 2017. 4 Replies

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Blending and fading pastels

Started Sep 19, 2017 0 Replies

Hi all I would like as a new artist some tips on blending and fading soft oil pastels which if any do people use that give the best effects.

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Posted on September 17, 2017 at 5:52am 0 Comments

Hi just wanted to introduce myself to you all I'm Nick and have just got back in to art, as the last time I did any art was at school and that was a longtime ago as I'm now 54 years of age, anyway to cut to the chase I have been in a wheelchair for three months after surgery, and I was looking for something to do to stop me going completely stir crazy as daytime TV is mind numing ! So I decide to start some drawing and I found it so relaxing and fufulling I wanted others to fill the same so I… READ MORE

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At 8:01pm on January 11, 2018, Mary Rogers said…

Thank you Nick for your nice comment on my Panda pastel. I enjoyed drawing him.

At 7:32am on November 25, 2017, John said…

Hello Nick

Keep up the good work


At 3:09pm on October 30, 2017, Mary Rogers said…

Thanks so much, Nick for the like on my dog portrait. I had fun drawing him. So glad you like it!

At 4:34pm on October 4, 2017, Jean Cormier said…

Hey, Nick! I need to clarify on TOBY, third paragraph: think "light to dark" with your strokes...

I personally don't think you have to WORK from light to dark, just think of that when you are drawing-I will often do the MID TONES first, because that is how my artistic eye sees the subject--i think everyone is different though.  My squirrel ("Just Hanging Out") just won an award a couple weeks ago because the judge was taken by the technique. I clearly often let the paper tones do some of the work for me! In any case, by practicing and doing you will see what works best for you!

best !!!!


At 3:00pm on October 3, 2017, Jean Cormier said…

Hey, Nick, thanks for getting back to me on my Maverick comments!


This one is a Prismacolor pencil piece done on black paper--this particular paper is normally meant for pastels but I don't throw away any good paper leftovers!  If I were to do it over, I would choose a different paper as the drawing surface is so important! It took alot of pencil to do this one!

When I start on black (or a darker toned paper), I draw the subject lightly with a white charcoal pencil, then either spray with workable fixative or am VERY CAREFUL! Again, I personally like to start with the eyes and get them right!  The entire dog's fur is done by layering the various colors I select (Toby has about 10 different colors of pencil). Again, study the direction of the fur and the underlying muscular structure. (I look at something SO much before I start to draw or paint, I have done it in my head already and it is almost imprinted on my mind, so it flows out to the paper naturally! ) 

My suggestion is that you first get a decent set of colored pencils (Derwent or Prismacolor). There are also burnishing pencils you can get to help you blend the colors you are layering when you want a certain effect.  Get an extra white pencil and that is useful in going over some colors and often I run out of white!  Whether you are are starting out on a white or black paper, you will want to think "light to dark" with your strokes and use a medium pressure. Burnishing is like using a blending stump with pencil and will help you create smooth areas and show reflections-you can use both in any drawing ! This I have done in many areas of TOBY...even some of the white areas have a blue-grey underlayer with white pencil used as a burnisher. (You can also use rubber cement thinner and a brush to blend the colors-can make it look like a painting! Didn't do that on Toby because of the paper)

My next suggestion would be to practice some pencil color layering stroke by stroke building up the color, then do some pencil strokes and experiment with burnishing. 

I think the more you practice the easier it will get to pick or your palette.  The layering will give you depth and the more realistic rendering I think you're after. 

Hope this helps!  I'm not on the site much right now, there are six shows coming up for me (all out of town) and am waiting to have knee replacement surgery, so busy getting ready for both!




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