My drawing and painting life
Currently one of my favorite tools is soft pastel. Soft pastel is pigment in a small stick. The pigment is held together with binders. In the cheaper ones there are more ‘fillers’ (nonpigmented).
Soft pastel is easy to love. I love how easy it is to put a lot of color on a page. I love the lusciousness of the colors. There are also some major drawbacks, they give off dust, it gets everywhere and you need to clean the pastels regularly. But that is a lot easier than brush cleaning. So I’m happy with them.
I set myself the target to learn to use pastels. This is only one target next to some others, such as making a lot of portraits and organizing an exhibition, developing drawing courses and selling them. I also wanted to learn to work with gouache – took a course – and found I don’t like the medium very much.
I’m combining targets at present. Teaching a course called “Coloring with the Masters” and having my students draw in colored pencil, oil pastels and -tada!- soft pastel. I’m doing what I learned in university – make sure you’re a bit ahead of your students. So working with pastels and sharing basic tips and techniques that I’ve picked up over the past years (and am learning myself right now).
All very nice.
I would love to hear what your favorite art tool is.
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