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05-31-2012, 10:20 PM
Hello Artists,

Welcome to the Monthly Pastel Sketch Thread!!

The monthly pastel sketch thread is for pastelists of all experience levels who use soft pastels, hard pastels or pastel pencils. The idea is to fit some sketching time into your week by completing a sketch in one hour or less.

You can sketch anything, whether it be from life or photos. It's a good idea to time your sketch, keeping it within 60 minutes, you know how time flies when you are creating. So, get your pastels out, set your timer and when your time is up, please post your sketches here and share your efforts with us.

For inspiration, please visit our Reference Image Library here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/).

Have fun!!

06-03-2012, 07:18 PM
i will kick things off with a few 25m sketches from life that i did this weekend.


06-04-2012, 12:10 AM
Nice job on these Alvin. You've capture quite a lot in a short period of time. Great skin tone and modeling of form, excellent!

06-09-2012, 03:02 PM
I'll post here anyway - as I intended to just sketch this little chap ( from and excellent photo by Colliedog in the library)...but I totally forgot the time constraint...and carried on...it's not finished yet...but I'm getting there.


I want to check the eyes again and give him a manicure and a pedicure! :D

Great work from you again Alvin! Love the sketches of yours!

06-09-2012, 06:50 PM
Soulbro....great life sketches! You are on a roll!
Deirdre...love the koala....who's counting (time) anyway???

i have been away from art of any kind for a few weeks now, but did a quick sketch (20 mins) from a photo I took of a pansy pot...using the idea of the Spotlight of 'lost edges'. The result wasnt great, but a start to getting back...

Hard and soft pastels, 7x9 on strathmore paper (only 64 lb)...not great, but ok for sketching...

06-09-2012, 07:26 PM
Judi...love the impressionist flavour to your sketch...and well done for just 20mins!:thumbsup:

06-10-2012, 05:36 PM
Thanks, Deirdre...
just did another quick one...about 30 minutes. 7x9 with water wash underpainting. ref Mushrooms thanks to Tonian...

06-12-2012, 05:42 PM
Your koala bear is looking wonderful Deirdre. Some touch ups with the eyes, and who doesn't like a manicure :lol: ? I love the softness, beautiful.

Beautiful floral sketch Judibelle. I like the composition, and your darks are just right. I like the mushrooms too. They almost look like umbrellas, and for some reason they look 'happy'. Nice job!

06-17-2012, 02:04 PM
Thanks Chris...facial and manicure done....I hope...just have to find time to do the lower regions a bit better...I thought I had, but as usual, uploaded before I see the glaringly obvious!:evil: :eek:


06-18-2012, 11:25 AM
This is looking great Deirdre. I don't know how many times I've had that happen, I upload a painting then see a needed correction :eek: .

06-23-2012, 09:14 AM
50min sketch based on photo of mountains in sunset.

Art Spectrum, Unison, Rembrandt, Mount Vision, Manet pastels on Uart 600 grit. 9x12"

I kinda spent too much time on the mountain further back and ran out of time to develop the one more to the right.


06-23-2012, 02:04 PM
Nice use of compliments KuriYokan. It is difficult to get it all done in under an hour, you did very well!

06-25-2012, 04:18 AM
30m from the model, tried getting in her tattoo and piecings.

06-25-2012, 12:32 PM
Nice job Alvin. That is a difficult pose to pull off, you accomplished quite a bit in a very short period of time!

06-27-2012, 04:11 AM
Hi Chris

This thread is a wonderful idea! I'm desperate to improve my sketching skills and explore various techniques using my pastels, so I thought I'd jump in and give it a go.


This is a little study (10cmX10cm) of an Australian Flaming Robin that I've been seeing around my garden this past week or so. I painted my little bird on Art Spectrum paper, using Faber Castel, Derwent, Conte pastel pencils, and a mix of Art Spectrum and Conte pastel sticks. It took me fifty minutes to complete.

As a beginner, I really would welcome your critiques and advice so I can improve!

06-27-2012, 10:40 AM
a cute little bird Katiepea...something that jumps out at me immediately though is the soft focus of the entire painting. Making some of the edges hard and keeping some soft will help distinguishing, say feather from bark. It will also help in creating the illusion of form. Actually if you look at the last two months spotlights, the focus is on edges and Dan does a really good job discussing them.

and for painting birds in particular, look at mike beeman, his birds are just fantastic!

06-27-2012, 04:48 PM
What a beautiful bird Katiepea. As a study I think this turned out great. I would agree that some harder edges to bring some areas into better focus would work well. I would also consider some cooler colors for the background, however, what you have does work also. Cooler colors would just be my preference, not a "right or wrong" type of thing. Other than that, its a great study, you're doing very well!

06-27-2012, 05:42 PM
Wow, thanks so much for your feedback SoulBro and Chris. I appreciate you both kindly taking the time to comment and offer some advice. I shall have some more fun "playing" with painting birds and try to play some more with edges. And I couldn't agree more about the background. I had a case of "blahs" once I'd finished it - I'll certainly explore using a cooler background next time.

My goodness, Mike's birds are simply stunning and inspiring. I am constantly amazed by the talent I see all around me!

06-28-2012, 12:47 AM
I did a quick half hour study this afternoon. I'm playing around with a new surface. I've taken Arches hot press watercolor paper and applied Golden pumice gel to it with a foam brush. I think I will like this surface, it's not as rough as the Art Spectrum primer (I find it too rough for my taste). This might be a good way to use up the watercolor paper I have, and if I get a keeper I know it's on good quality paper.

Anyway, this is only 5"x7", and I used Rembrandts, Giraults and Ludwigs. I couldn't find the photo I wanted to use as a reference, so I used another experimental sketch I did as the reference. I would have preferred the photo, but I got through it.


06-28-2012, 11:41 AM
Hi all, I have been too busy to visit this thread but I'm most impressed. It's got a fabulous blend of subject matters and I love seeing the results so swiftly.

Thanks for the treat! Barb

06-29-2012, 02:39 PM
hi, All...thanks for the comments on my 2 earlier sketches. I've had a hiatus, but today was able to get back to my pastels for an hour or so....

Soulbro....I love your figure drawings...and you are so quick!
Katiepea...your bird is gorgeous. I agree about the edges.... but it does look great.

Chris...Your sketch has a lot of movement! I love the energy!

This is a plein aire I started some while ago...unfortunately, didnt take a photo, so worked on it today from memory. It's Norman Rockwell's studio, in
Stockbridge, MA.
about an hour, on Canson paper...using some of my 'new' Senneliers.
10x13 along with Remmies.


06-29-2012, 03:18 PM
Nice one Judi! I like the high key values, and the "touches" of linear work. That's a large painting to complete in an hour!

06-30-2012, 11:23 PM
Chris, I dream of being able to paint a landscape like yours in an hour!

Judi - your landscape has captured a real sense of "freedom" and energy. It is a real pleasure to look at.

As it's now July in Australia, can I just say a big thank you to Chris for such an interesting thread this month.

07-01-2012, 01:30 PM
Thank you Katiepea :heart: , and you're welcome as well!

Thank you everybody for participating in this month's Sketch Thread! The work was beautiful, so keep on sketchin' - each time you do it you get better and better!

The Sketch Thread will be on holiday for July and August due to the summer season and vacations. Thanks again!

07-01-2012, 04:33 PM
Thanks, Kris, for your dedication in providing the Sketch Thread each month!
Here's wishing you a Happy Vacation....Have Fun!