View Full Version : Collie Dog in Pastels-WIP

03-01-2012, 01:00 PM
I am continuing to practice with pastel pencils, and really enjoying them, this is on pastelmat 13 x 11, still a lot to do, but happy with it so far. I do find it difficult to get a good rich black though, do other pastel users put the black down first then add colour on top or the other way around? I ended up with quite a degree of mud in this area:(

The lower background area will be developed and darkened more.....


Kathrin G.
03-01-2012, 01:05 PM
I can see no mud, just the start of a beautiful portrait :clap: :clap: :clap:

03-01-2012, 01:12 PM
Don't see any mud here either! your doing a wonderful job on this Lexy!:clap:

Not sure if I am doing it right either, but I use a dioxide purple, then add the black on top of that. I like to blend quite a bit(though I understand other don't do much blending).
How do you like using pastelmat? I haven't tried it yet, wonder how it compares to Ampersand pastelbord, do you know by chance?

03-01-2012, 01:24 PM
Beautiful job...I see no mud as well...:)

03-01-2012, 02:19 PM
This is coming along great, Lexy. Collies are the best!

03-01-2012, 02:34 PM
Thanks Kathrin, Barb & Markieg - ok scan has hidden mud - result:)

Barb, having used both supports for pastel so far I like them both equally, the pastelmat is a bit cleaner, and the pastel really sticks to it, so if I was doing commissions I might favour it - I think fur may look softer on the ampersand though - try the pastelmat, I dont think you'll be disappointed.

I think re the black Im so used to using lots of layers with cp, I forget you dont need this with pastel, too many colours on top of each other dont really work, I'll get there:wink2:

03-01-2012, 04:59 PM
Looking great, can't wait to see future updates.

03-02-2012, 01:35 AM
Lexy this is beautiful! I'm getting my pastel pencils from DBlick in the next few days. I can't wait to try them!

03-02-2012, 04:16 AM
Thanks to Winkys Mom & Peggy! Peggy, what sort of pencils are you getting? You will have great fun with them, it takes a while to get used to them after cp's, but persevere, they're worth it:)

I forgot to add that the lovely ref photo is by Carrie Ann Mashon from the paintmyphoto.com website.

03-02-2012, 07:37 AM
wow! such warmth from it already

03-02-2012, 11:43 AM
Really beautiful portrait.

Marty Shay
03-02-2012, 11:46 AM
Lexy: Love it, I don't see mud either but just a very soft expression, great fur work and a real peaceful feeling to this portrait. Good job. Look forward to more.

03-02-2012, 01:27 PM
Peggy, what sort of pencils are you getting?
Faber-Castell's Pitt Pastel Pencils.

03-03-2012, 05:57 AM
Beautiful work. I love the detail :)

03-03-2012, 12:59 PM
Looking great so far Lexy. :cat:

03-03-2012, 02:03 PM
This is fantastic Lexycat! Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!:D

I have a black Sennelier soft pastel stick, that I will place onto dark areas that gives it a rich color. I'm not sure if anyone has tried them, but the Sennelier pastels have a very vibrant coloring, and a wonderful velvety application. They are a bit pricey though, I was lucky to find mine on sale!

03-04-2012, 06:37 AM
Thank you everyone for the comments and Paige thanks for the tips, I may get a few of these to try, a black and a white one anyway would be good.
The dog is almost done, I'll finish the background first and then finish him, the colours in the white fur are more subtle in reality, they just scan more pronounced.http://i1040.photobucket.com/albums/b403/Lexycat2010/Pastelcolliescan5.jpg

03-04-2012, 07:00 AM
this will be really a beauty, those hairs and eye ,super!

03-04-2012, 07:08 AM
that is fantastic Lexy

03-04-2012, 03:32 PM
Bravo Lexy!!! You're doing a amazing job, the detail is incredible!

03-04-2012, 11:13 PM
Amazing. Love your work on the fur...

03-04-2012, 11:35 PM
Beautiful! His fur is lovely! I was just looking at pastelmat in a catalogue - will have to try it.

03-05-2012, 12:55 PM
Thanks Irmaleo, Snowybee, Barb, FaeLyn & Bluemoonstar - cant wait to finish this now and start on the next one which is a commission.....

03-07-2012, 12:45 PM
I'm calling this one done, not entirely happy with the background but dont want to keep messing around with it, I find it difficult to make the line where sky and land meet look distant enough, any tips from you painters out there???:)

03-07-2012, 01:52 PM
:clap: your dog is AWESOME!
I got my pastel pencils and can't wait to try them :)

03-07-2012, 02:05 PM
This is great; I like the rendering and the colours.
I think the horizon might be better lower down away from the eye line.
Hope you don't mind my photo shop what I mean.
Please ignore my suggestion if you disagree.

Painting fun

03-07-2012, 03:01 PM
Thanks Peggy, the faber castell pitt pencils are really good, I look forward to seeing what you come up with:)

Gary, I dont mind at all, in fact I'm amazed at what an improvement a simple change like lowering the skyline makes - thank you, I need all the help I can get with backgrounds so I really appreciate it:thumbsup:

online art
03-07-2012, 03:34 PM
I love it. I would blur it out completely so both merge, and when doing horizons generally I would make them straight.

I couldn't get the horizon to blur fully in Photoshop but you get the idea. On my screen it looks like you could punch up the contrast on the dog a touch too just to make it perfect - hope that helps - just my opinions though :)


chammi kaiser
03-07-2012, 04:13 PM
And done it is Lexy!!! Terrific work.

03-07-2012, 04:16 PM
it's beautiful Lexy! you should be very proud!

03-08-2012, 03:26 AM
Great work Lexy:clap: :clap: I love it
I agree with Gary and Jason alittle lower and blured is better it does nt distract thevewer eye

Robert:cat: :cat: