After the basic drawing, I propose you to use pastel colors and to work on different papers and subjects. We’ll begin with simple still-lifes from life trying to see how to render different surfaces (metal, drapery, glass).
Landscapes are very adapted to be done with pastels. We can work it on the edge, fade, overlay and get different layers that gives a very vibrant impression.
Among the various techniques of pastel, render the different tonality and tones of the skin is undoubtedly the most complex. We will see how to render the different nuances using different color paper.
The immediacy of pastel make it the ideal tool for those who have not practiced a lot color. Shaded, dry or pasty, pastel can be used in several ways and is particularly adapted to study flowers, in particular to give the effects of soft petals and leaves.
For animal lovers , the studio has a wide range of pictures from which to take inspiration for a project. Hard and soft pastels are ideal to give the idea of the softness of the hair of animals like cats and dogs.
As an alternative to color, pastel is also very suitable for drawing with tones, in grisaille with different shades of grey on mi-teinte paper.From the XVIIth to the XIXth century this approach was very used by Master drawings like Ingres, Houdon, Degas for preparatory studies.
For a study of drapery,this technique is particularly adapted.