Chalk Pastels 3: Building A Drawing
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1 set
Chalk Pastels
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Optional: Spray Fixative
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2 sheets
Toned Or Color Paper Suitable For Pastels
Variable
Safety Things: Gloves Or Invisible Gloves, Optional Dust Mask
In 1 & 2 we reviewed safety and color-mixing, now let’s talk about mark-making.
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Remember, protect your skin and keep the dust contained, regularly tapping it into the trash.
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Pastel sticks make many marks. Corners: fine lines. Ends: thick lines. Sides: wide areas.
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Try making a gradient with one color and then a gradient of another color going into eachother.
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Now gently blend it out with your finger. It loses color and becomes very soft.
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Like other drawing materials, you can do hatching and cross hatching and layer colors that way.
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I like to layer the colors back and forth with broad strokes, really loading up the color.
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Now let’s decide what you want to draw. I’ll do this landscape with evening sunlight and shadow.
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Choose a paper for your subject. This warm brown will be a good ground for my landscape.
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First, lightly block out your composition. Choose a basic color and shape for each area.
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It can be very simple but it should map out your composition with lights, darks, warms and cools.
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Now I’ll work from background to foreground. I’ll layer my blues to get a gradient for the sky.
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It doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth. It’s ok if it coveres a bit of the next layer.
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Now I do the rocky cliffs that are in sunlight, layering light warm colors and cleaning up the edge.
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That’s all the detail I need. The stroke direction and touches of darker colors give it structure.
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Now I do the cliffs in shadow and the nearer hills that have some greenery.
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Notice the shadow colors are not just darker, but also cooler with hints of purple and blue.
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Tap off excess powder any time you need to. Now I’ll do the foreground greenery.
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I layered my greens with purples, blues and greys to keep them part of the shadow.
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I add the detail of the wildflowers very last, laying them on top of my greens.
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I did the wildflowers with tan and grey rather than white so they stay part of the shadow too.
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Here’s the whole process. I work top to bottom partly so I don’t smudge my work with my hand.
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Here’s the finished piece. You may wish to spray it with fixative (do this outside). Good luck!
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