View Full Version : Purple cat - Erengi experiment

02-23-2013, 07:07 PM
I recently purchased a set of Erengi Art Aspirer oil pastels. I thought I'd share a painting I've started mostly with the blues and purples.

I'm posting pictures of the WIP and the model.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/1118562-image.jpeg

And Theo, whose name I've borrowed for my wetcanvas name :)


02-24-2013, 11:22 AM
How fun to paint your kitty in purples! The tones are coming out well. Nice beginning.

02-24-2013, 01:40 PM
Thanks :)

02-25-2013, 10:02 AM
Very nice painting, I like your cat's pose - being lazy. Painting is looking good w/your range of values.

Looking forward to seeing your final painting. How do you like the Erengi's?

Pat Isaac
02-25-2013, 11:55 AM
What a fun painting and I like your choice of color. Yes, what do you think of the Erengis?


02-25-2013, 01:43 PM
I think that the Erengis are harder than the other sticks I've tried. I also had a piece crumble off when i was using it - never experienced that before. I bought these less expensive sets to experiment with. At first I was totally turned off by these but I was trying them on artist trading cards which wasn't fair- I've never tried something so small!! I think I will enjoy using them. However the more I use these inexpensive sticks the more I appreciate the Holbeins for the richness of pigment and creaminess. So I am planning now on expanding my palette of Holbeins.

I don't know when I will get over my fear of using my higher quality pastels. I guess I should just make a resolution to try another cat using them!!



Here is an update to the WIP. I was planning on having a background in the lower half as he's laying on a blanket. Any advice on backgrounds would be appreciated as right now it detracts for me.


02-25-2013, 01:45 PM
One other comment about the Erengis - I could get the majority of the pigment off with kneaded rubber. This is my second attempt at adding blanket colors in the lower left corner.

Pat Isaac
02-25-2013, 01:48 PM
I think the color is fine, a complement to the cat, but I think it has too much chroma and needs to be greyer.


02-25-2013, 02:04 PM
Okay, sounds good. I will think about how to implement that . I might need more advice!!

02-26-2013, 11:41 PM
I use the Erengis on location sometimes and like them.

I agree about the purple being so saturated...you might try a turquoise to soften the color somewhat...a light value.

Are you using MiTientes? I see a pattern in the substrate that makes me think that's what you're working on.

02-26-2013, 11:51 PM
Yes I'm using Mi Tientes paper.

02-28-2013, 02:26 AM
Playing with the background. :). Sorry for the bad lighting and low resolution!