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cromag
05-14-2001, 08:07 PM
im curious what people here are using, and why?
thanks,
dante

Roan
05-14-2001, 11:02 PM
Cromag,

There are many threads in this forum in which people refer to their favorite brands of pastels and why.

You might want to go through the past posts and read a few. Here are a couple to get you started:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/000091.html http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/000177.html

There are many more, so it's best to just peruse the back threads and see what you can come up with http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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MarshaSavage
05-15-2001, 10:00 AM
After reading the previous links, you may have determined that a lot of people like to add the Sennelier after beginning with Rembrandts. And of course, trying a couple of sticks of all brands so that you can make your own decisions. I did want to make a pitch for the 80 half stick set of Sennelier. Wonderful range of colors, thicker sticks with no paper - and they don't crumble as easily as the regular sticks. This is a great way to get your next set to try and usually can be found in one of the catalogs for a sale price and quite reasonably, too.

If you have some Nupastel to block-in, Rembrandts to do the major work with, and Sennelier to finish with, of course depending on your support, you will be able to do just about anything your head can dream up.

Just my two-cents worth!

Marsha -- http://marshasavage.artistnation.com

Gisela
05-15-2001, 11:27 AM
I have to add, that Wet Canvas's own Terry Ludwig makes some really beautiful pastels. Terry was kind enough to send me some and they are my favorites. Really great texture and rich colors! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Gisela

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joemajury
05-15-2001, 06:09 PM
Originally posted by Gisela:
I have to add, that Wet Canvas's own Terry Ludwig makes some really beautiful pastels. Terry was kind enough to send me some and they are my favorites. Really great texture and rich colors!

Gisela




<FONT size="5">Ditto !!!!!! the above - Terrys Pastels are the best that I have worked with.</FONT s>

Joe


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babys_breath
05-17-2001, 03:42 AM
Hello.I like the pencil pastels best.They give me more control to make fine detail.I use Cretacolor fine art pastels

Roan
05-17-2001, 08:24 AM
baby's breath:

Pencil pastels are great to work with, but are considered more of a drawing than a painting tool. They make a great "in between" step when an artist begins the move from drawing to painting.

Some of us use them for fine detail areas instead of or in addition to Nupastels, but for laying in large areas of color and/or large works, they are difficult to work with.

They're also rather brittle and don't layer well. Some of our paintings -- depending on the individual's style, mind you -- have anywhere from 5-20 layers of pastel on them.

I've also found the colors -- regardless of brand -- to be rather weak and lack the vibrancy of pastel. Pencil pastels have to have a lot of binder in order for them to hold together in a wood casing. Unfortunately, that doesn't make for a lot of pigment.

In a pastelist's arsenal pastel pencils are a great supplement, but the real heavy canons are actual sticks of pastel.

I started with a full set of Conté and Derwent and I love my sets, but I rarely use them now unless it's for an underpainting or details.

Kinda miss them at times http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">"Chuireadh e na searraich bho dheoghal." --</FONT c>
<FONT size="1">It would put the foals from sucking.
(So bitter or disgusting.) </FONT s>
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cromag
05-22-2001, 02:52 PM
thanks all!


as always great info and direction !