Oil pastels: Learning by Doing
This is not an art piece. I am not presenting it because I think it’s good. I am presenting this piece because I want to learn from my failures.
With this piece I learnt several things:
- You can shade by using a darker pastel over the lighter one. You can then leave the strokes as they are or blend them with a paper stump (or your fingers).
- When you use a paper stump you have to be very careful to use a clean one. Otherwise you get mud instead the lovely colour you are wanting to achieve.
- When shading you have to be sure where the light comes from and then continue to shade in the same direction.
- Imagination is fine, but doing a pencil sketch before painting with the oil pastels is not bad at all. It might be helpful for getting a decent composition.