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03-20-2013, 12:12 PM

I usually work with graphite and fancied trying a bit of colour so i started this drawing today of Daniel Day Lewis from the film Gangs of New York using pastel pencils on tinted pastel paper. Iam really enjoying the pastel pencils as there alot quicker to work with than graphite pencils. Iam basicly just making it up as i go along so any advice on using pastel pencils would be a great help and your C&C are more then welcome.Thanks

I will post an up-date when i finish the drawing.

03-20-2013, 01:05 PM
Thats Bill the Butcher ok,good stuff so far


03-20-2013, 02:18 PM
welcome !

many of us have made the transition like you , so you're in good company . :)

- myself , was graphite to charcoal ; hard , medium , soft ,
to explore values as well as with a dry material which transitions to colour=pastel .

your colour selection/limited palette is just enough on the tinted paper .

if the dotted texture of the paper is a concern ,
an ear bud/q-tip can disburse some pigment into the pockets
and keep the tooth fresh .
> not really necessary in this case , but the thought came to mind .

looking forward to the finish , and lots more threads/paintings from you . :)


03-20-2013, 05:17 PM
It's wonderful. Have pastel pencils but not real experienced with them but I'm sure others probably have suggestions. Pam

pastel lover
03-21-2013, 02:15 AM
Looks good to me. Does "The Butcher" have one green eye & one blue? On my monitor it looks like it. Pastel pencil advise - use an Exacto knife to sharpen & sandpaper to bring to a point. Less breakage that way. You can hold the pencil like a brush & painting with side of the pastel. Pastel pencils are not as bright as the sticks so if you want strong color use a stick then blend with a pencil. Hope this helps. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.


03-21-2013, 10:37 AM
Thanks alot for your tips on using pastel pencils, am sure il stick with using them now i have started.

Tanja: would i get good results using pastel sticks on this pastel paper or are the sticks better on the rough,sandpaper like surfaces?And yes he does have 1 green and 1 blue eye in the character he plays in the movie.

I should get it finished at the weekend as i have a few days off work so il post the finished drawing.

Thanks again.


03-21-2013, 12:09 PM
no mention has been made of the brand of paper ,
but it looks like canson mi-tentes .
> if so , try the reverse side ;
it may look/feel smooth , but it accepts the pigment very well
if you don't have a ' heavy hand ' .


ps. your next milestone may likely be hard sticks such as derwent , conte , and/or girault . :D

03-21-2013, 12:31 PM
Yes Ed its on tinted mi-tentes on the rough side.I will try the reverse side next time...and a 24 tin of derwent pastel sticks is already ordered.


03-21-2013, 01:03 PM
good man !
... the Unison sticks are close on your horizon , methinks ... give it what for ... :D


pastel lover
03-21-2013, 10:41 PM
Hello Lee,

I use the often use the sticks on this paper which I use for primary for portraits. I think they provide bright, even coverage. I use a medium to soft stick for best results. I then use pencils to blend & do the details. Of course, you can use this technique on sanded paper but IMO is the best technique for papers with less tooth. Try it on a piece of scrap paper & see if works for you & if you like it. Judging by this painting what you are doing works just fine. It is beautiful. Hope this is helpful.


John Palmer Fine Art
03-23-2013, 02:51 PM
Very nice!

03-26-2013, 10:11 AM
Hello, thanks alot for your comments, it means alot :) . Well iv spent a few more hours on the butcher drawing over the weekend and this is where iam at with it.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Mar-2013/97620-250320132055_1_398x640.jpg

Again, your comments and critics are always welcome.


Deb F
03-26-2013, 03:36 PM
This is wonderful. It's a great portrait and you've made a good transition to pastels. I am not a fan of the Mi-tientes paper, but I love the way your fabrics look on this paper.

03-27-2013, 07:55 PM
i love the hair - it looks almost "wet"

04-01-2013, 12:34 PM
Very nice i like it! great character too.looking forward to the finish product!

04-01-2013, 03:26 PM
Well i think il call this finished now, iam quite pleased with how its turned out for my 1st time using pastels seriously. I think i will have to invest in some pastel sticks for my next drawing and i will use the smoother side of the mi-tientes paper with less tooth. Thanks for all your comments and help..:)



04-01-2013, 07:57 PM
Loving it! like the bow looks good! will look forward to ya work with the sticks:-)

04-02-2013, 09:26 AM
what pastel pencils are you using and what set are they ?

04-02-2013, 10:43 AM
Thanks al84, i used a tin of faber castell pastel pencils for this drawing.

04-02-2013, 10:49 AM
they r the sticks im using at the moment.just actually working on a painting now.seems you have talent im no where near wish i was! just need to keep going at it.

04-02-2013, 05:21 PM
Thanks al84,I can draw to a decent standard but I think my color mixing and blending of pastels that I have a lot to learn.I look forward to seeing where my journey with pastels will lead to.


04-02-2013, 05:44 PM
This has turned out beautifully for your first work with pastels. You have great drawing skills. Hope to see more of your work here now you have your feet wet!

04-02-2013, 08:25 PM
That is coming out very nice, excellent character already!

04-02-2013, 09:53 PM
This has turned out beautifully for your first work with pastels. You have great drawing skills. Hope to see more of your work here now you have your feet wet! Thanks Turpintine.....:thumbsup:

04-03-2013, 03:52 PM
Great drawing, cant believen it your first one. Waiting for your next one!

04-06-2013, 12:23 PM
Very well done, great work!

04-06-2013, 01:03 PM
Think you're doing a great job, really looking forward to seeing the next stages

04-06-2013, 01:22 PM
I'm a big fan of DDL and you really did him proud....great portrait.
NOW, are you ready for 'Lincoln" ? :)