Pastels For Dummies
Sherry Stone Clifton
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The latest tips and techniques for working with pastels - in full color
Pastels offer bright colors, a great level of portability, and no drying time - plus they're relatively inexpensive and can be used to draw and paint on almost any surface. Pastels For Dummies covers the many aspects of this exciting medium, from the fundamentals of choosing the right materials to step-by-step projects, including landscapes, abstracts, and portraits. Inside you'll find hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises and attractive full-color artwork.
- Presents drawing, painting, and shading techniques and styles in an easy-to-understand format
- Accessible to artists of all levels
Discover your inner artist with Pastels For Dummies and make your artwork come alive!
stick or pencil. Some pastel drawings are simply made of long, beautiful, fluid contour lines. Others utilize dense webs of shorter lines called hatching (which we discuss in the following section). Mass involves laying a short piece of pastel on its side and making broad strokes that feel like coloring. Everyone has a preference for one or the other, but artists often use both in tandem with each other according to their individual working methods. The following sections show you some basic
on the wheel and picking the colors the points touch. The three primary hues and the three secondary hues are each triadic chords (check out Figure 11-9). Figure 11-9: A triadic color chord. The following sections highlight how you can use these different colors to bring about different looks for your pastel works; check out “Incorporating Contrast Creates Interest” later in this chapter to see how value and color temperature can craft focal points 143 144 Part II: The Lowdown on Beginning
“Understanding what you see” earlier in this chapter for more on how colors are affected by the colors around them.) You can use warm/cool combinations two ways in your compositions. Figure 11-10 shows a composition made of warm and cool colors. ✓ Arrange warm and cool areas of a composition so they interact with each other. This strategy is the most important because it allows you to establish focal points and develop depth in the composition, as well as create aesthetically pleasing color
using your colors to direct your viewer’s attention (see the preceding section), you can also use them to give your images depth. Being able to establish great distances is necessary if your goal is to make great landscape pastels, but the same principles can help you make some objects in a still life setup or some petals of a flower look farther away than others. Look out a window where you can see off into the distance. If you examine the areas closest to you, you can see every kind of color:
recommend that you make an adjustable viewfinder. (Don’t worry: We tell you just how to do that in Chapter 3.) Making a rough sketch Taking a little extra time to make a separate rough sketch in your sketchbook before you start working on your good paper can be helpful, especially for beginners to pastel. This sketch allows you to work out any problems in the composition before you get too deep into the drawing. Look at Figure 12-8 to see an example of a rough sketch. Figure 12-8: A rough