View Full Version : I think this qualifies as a pastel

04-26-2003, 08:12 PM
This started as a Conte crayon drawing on dark blue Canson Mi-Teintes paper. I was trying to emulate the Old Master grisaille drawings of white chalk on dark blue paper that I had seen in the Morgan Library. But something didn't work out, I couldn't get the subtlety of values from the white chalk on the dark blue paper so I started added blue chalks and ended up covering the paper pretty much completely inside the figure. I still like how it came out though.

18x24 over 2 days in a life drawing class. Comments, suggestions appreciated.


04-27-2003, 02:17 AM
i like it, it is as if the blue glows
very mysterious

04-27-2003, 04:47 AM
hi Dana

This has a religious feel to it ~ I guess it's the blue and the unusual garment she appears to be wearing and that 'halo' of light marks around her ~ the shine on her face, too ~ and it has a very peaceful feel.

I find conté sticks rather hard and scratchy compared to other hard pastels ~ using them does feel more like drawing than painting.

Definitely qualifies as a pastel! Very nice :)

04-27-2003, 07:47 AM
Very interesting effect! They are right, it does have a religious quality to it.


04-27-2003, 08:05 AM
I thought it looked more like a dreamscape! Very nice indeed!!!!!
Almost ghostly in essence!

04-27-2003, 10:33 PM
Thank you redsy, sandy, ej and koert.

You may be interested to know that the class nicknamed her the African Madonna so great minds think alike!

04-28-2003, 12:56 AM
I really like this!! I'm with Redsy on the ghostly essence. When I first saw it I said " Ders a Hoodoo Der " lol.

04-28-2003, 08:31 AM
wonderful effect ........ love the use of the blues

04-29-2003, 01:12 AM
Originally posted by Doogun
When I first saw it I said " Ders a Hoodoo Der "


Dana, this is very lovely, good job...yes, spiritual...:)

05-06-2003, 10:25 AM
I was away last week and came back to some really nice comments. Thanks guys!