View Full Version : Monthly OP Sketch Thread April 2013

Shirl Parker
04-01-2013, 10:24 AM
This sketch thread is open to all Oil Pastelists. You are invited to share any sketching you've been doing this month, be it detailed ones, quick ones, ideas for paintings or value studies. Basically, just show us what you're working on! There is NO time limit, so knock yourselves out!

It would be great if you could share with us the paper and pastels you are using, as well as the size of your sketch. We do love the details! :clap: :clap: :clap:

04-01-2013, 07:16 PM
Just a mouse... as an excercise after a few months not drawing...
Sketched with Senns and Van gogh OP's on gray Canson mi-teintes paper (rough side) A4.

04-02-2013, 03:59 AM
very cute. love the eye and the whiskers

04-02-2013, 06:52 PM
My today's victim was the cat of my sister... Ha.. Cat and Mouse....:lol:
Mainly senns on black Mi-teintes (rough side), A4

04-03-2013, 01:19 AM
Cat I have been tweaking from last month's o.p. challenge

04-03-2013, 01:42 AM
Nice cats... I like the fur

04-03-2013, 09:50 PM
Amedee, what a great looking mouse. It has the delicate toes and eyes. Good cat.

Mike, side by side with the photo, your cat painting looks better than the photo.

A portrait of a member of the cancer support group.

Holbein, Sennelier, Caran D'Ache Neopastel
Biggie Canson 80 lb sketchpad 9x12 inch


04-05-2013, 02:55 PM
I do prefer oil pastel no matter how hard I try learning watercolor. Following Franz Marc's work.

Mungyo oil pastel and Caran D'Ache Neocolor 2 on Canson sketchbook 80 lb 9x12 inch hardbound.


04-06-2013, 12:41 AM
I actually like your watercolor stuff. The ones with ink are the best. Like the little guy with the sword from your sketching thread.

04-06-2013, 02:06 PM
Hello friends,

I am back. It's been three or four months since I last posted, I think. I left Mongolia and now I am in Thailand. I kept sketching during my absent period then I hope I can post some works later in other threads.

Nice works! Dark background is effective for animal hairs.

Fine portrait. Also a nice bold coloured work.

Well, I just sketched skyscrapers of Bangkok viewing them from a window of my residence. Senneliers, neopastels and Cray-Pas specialists on a cheap sketchpad.

04-06-2013, 10:05 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Apr-2013/1205495-IMG_0472.jpg Not sure I know how to add to this fine chat but am a new person to try this media after using colored pencils for 2 years. I tried a portrait of an opera singer with whom I perform. Would love comments and I can take the " heat". I read everything possible on oil pastels and love seeing the work of others. Eleanore

04-07-2013, 01:42 PM
Yusuke, totally recognizable Bangkok there! Good skyscrapers.

Eleanore, I really like the hair.

Some doodles this morning.

The girl and the piglet. Portfolio watersoluable oil pastel and Pitt oil base pencil


The Moving Service

Chinese brush and ink and Portfolio watersoluable oil pastel


A Portfolio watersoluable oil pastel doodle


Portfolio watersoluable oil pastel

Pig ready to swim.


04-07-2013, 03:48 PM
Did you use colour pencils together with oil pastels? Sharp edges work well.

Many variety of sketches. Limited utilization of oil pastels is effective.

Well, here are the links to the other threads. Take a look if you like.

Sketches in Kenya

Cherry season in Toky

Let me upload some of my recent OP sketches. Two of them are of last month, though...

Fat banana in Thailand. Sennelier, neopastel, and Cray-Pas on a Muse cotton paper.

My favourite French bread called boule. Sennelier, neopastel, and Cray-Pas on a sketchpad.

Then a baguette. Sennelier, neopastel, and Cray-Pas on a sketchpad.

Another bread. Pain de epi. Sennelier and Cray-Pas on a sketch pad.

A pair of brand-new dress shoes. I bought this in Tokyo before leaving for Bangkok. Mainly Sennelier on a sketch pad.


04-07-2013, 06:18 PM
Superb looking shoes, Yusuke. Wow, so shiny and new just like the real thing! And the boule bread looks so crusty and good.

04-07-2013, 06:39 PM
Yusuke, I rarely used colored pencils and then only to move the oil pastel around. I am a beginner and am 75 years old. This is such a fun thing to do and I am excited about learning and listening to all of you fine artists. Eleanore

04-07-2013, 06:47 PM
Sandra, I LOVED your original and charming ideas, particularly the pig with the swim cap. How clever. Eleanore

Pat Isaac
04-08-2013, 09:13 AM
Well, I sure have missed a bunch here. The cat and mouse portraits are nicely done. Sandra you are amazing....really like the portrait and you bits of whimsy are refreshing. What fantastic shoes, Yusuke and of course, your signature bread!


04-12-2013, 10:42 PM
Cat life sketch on canvas paper based on my cat posing on the floor.

04-12-2013, 10:43 PM
Abstract I call shadow world.

04-13-2013, 10:05 PM
Thank you, Eleanore, Pat.

Mike, the more I look at your shadow piece, the more I like its composition.

This is ATC. It has Deleter white ink and it has a texture like gesso. I added a bit of red ink on this piece and then I used Mungyo oil pastel on it.


This one is on Co-Mo sketch pad and has acrylic mixed with the Deleter white ink and oil pastel.


This one has Deleter white ink with acrylic colors and then Mungyo oil pastel on it in Stillman & Birn 5.5 x 8 inch Alpha journal.


04-14-2013, 01:11 AM
Thanks Sandra!

Neat textures in these three. I like the face best. Is that a tear in the eye?

04-15-2013, 02:38 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2013/973128-IMG_20130413_160721.jpg Sketch of daffodils using some Pentel oil pastels bought vas a gift. They dont layer well but are great for sketching

04-16-2013, 12:22 AM
Nice flowers Ann. I like the blue bottle contrasting the yellow spring flowers. Nicely done. I use Pentel oil pastels a lot for sketching and base coats, but you can layer them if you let them set for a day or so in between working as a the surface hardens slightly.

04-16-2013, 11:51 PM
Ann, I like the flowers. Pentel is quite decent for student grade.

Mike, the tear is not intentional.

The first one is Sharpie Ultra Fine marker and Mungyo oil pastel on deep pink cardstock. I'm on a pink spree at the moment. The skin tone was a bit ugly. I'm glad I kept my Kimberly Watercolor pencils because it has the most sensible colors in a small pack. The second one has melted crayola crayon on the first layer on a piece of pink flimsy A4 size paper, then Mungyo oil pastel.



Pat Isaac
04-17-2013, 09:04 AM
I really like that abstract piece, lostjedi.
Sandra, you are really doing a lot of work and I like your experiments with the heated OPs and melted crayons.
Beautiful flowers, Ann.


04-17-2013, 11:00 AM
Thanks for feedback. Honestly, the shadow piece was not my favorite but knowing others like it makes me like it more.

I'm just courious if other have a similar experience where the stuff they like best get poor reviews and or the stuff your not the most proud of get good complements. I ask this becasue I have recently had this happen both ways and I find that I am second guessing myself.

Let me know what you think...

PS: Sandra, if you hadn't told me I would never have know as it must be one of those flukes where it look like the artist intewntionly wanted it to look that way when it was some sort of side effect to their technique. Either way I still like it best.


04-24-2013, 11:14 AM
Coucou, anybody home?

Amedee, your mouse is so sweet! Gorgeous cat, too (we have a ginger of our own). It would be fun to see those cat and mouse sketches displayed side by side. :) I bought my daughter a set of 60 Van Goghs - I find them great quality for a cheaper brand.

Nice work, lostjedi (is it Mike?)! Any more tweaks to be made to your cat, or is it done now? "Shadowworld" is lovely and bright - almost an abstract - really eye-catching.

Sandra, what an inspiring bunch of experiments with various media. Your portrait of the lady at the cancer group is done with a light and sensitive touch. I'm a fan of Marc's yellow cow too. I think oil pastels will always have the advantage over water media for those of us who are addicted to vibrant colour. :) The acrylic/white ink/OP is an intriguing combination - great textures there - and I love the vibrant pink/blue of your ballerina.

Yusuke - nice sketch of Bangkok. Always fun to see a cityscape from you as it is such a contrast to your usual close-up studies! And the girl and the piglet!! Lovely. Are you illustrating a book for your children? It's funny, I always think of you when I'm sketching bread, or even just looking at bread in the market or supermarket. The variety of breads you find to draw is amazing
- as is the shine on those shoes!

Eleanore, welcome to oil pastels. Nice stuff - my advice (for what it's worth) would be to work over your outlines so that they're not quite so prominent. I agree with Yusuke that the hair on your portrait is great. I sometimes use CP to smudge and smoosh the oil pastel too. I usually do my underdrawing in wax pastel (Neocolor) because the OP covers it up completely.

Ann - lovely daffodil - they are a tough subject and I don't think I've ever been brave enough to attempt them in oil pastel.

I'm almost sure I haven't shared this already. I did it in the runup to Easter: a sketch done from life on Art Spectrum Colourfix. I used a couple of Caran d'Ache metallic OPs along with my Holbeins.


04-25-2013, 12:37 AM
Thanks immortalized,

I have put my cat aside for now focusing on my first oil pastel portrait. I have debated doing another larger version with two cats in a face off composition, but who knows.

I love the gold foil and eggs in your Easter painting. Very realistic.

04-25-2013, 06:55 PM
Very nice sketches and drawings this month! E-J, there is a nice glassy and delicate feeling to the easterbunny... is that caused by the metallic OP's? I've never worked with them.
I just finished another animal.. a chicken this time... I normally never draw animals so I don't know what happened this month..
Sennelliers OP's on black(!) A3 Canson paper (rough side). I should maybe try the smooth side once. I like back backgrounds but for this chicken green looked better to me....


04-26-2013, 07:11 PM
E-J, thanks for comments. I like the many faceted shape of your Easter bunny. Very effective and great choice of colors.

Amedee, what a cute and sleepy rooster. Love the green background to highlight its colors.

A doodle here.

Soft pastel with alcohol wash and then oil pastel and 9xxb Kimberley pencil and Chinese brush and ink.

Earthbound kraft journal.


By the way, thank you for everyone who has been praying for me. I just had a CT PET scan and the targeted chemo drug really worked and my cancer is now under control. In contrast to tumors in 8 locations, now it's only in my lungs. More details at my blog entry here (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/9104093).

Pat Isaac
04-26-2013, 07:13 PM
Really like the shiny gold look of the bunny E-J.
What a great rooster..nice detail and color.
That is such wonderful news, Sandra. You are my second friend who has had such good news. The prayers are still coming.


04-26-2013, 08:25 PM
Sandra, SO Happy to hear your good news! Will keep you in my prayers so that the remission continues!

Good work everyone! I hope to contribute more in May!

04-27-2013, 11:49 PM
Here is an experiment that was inspired by a couple threads in this form. First I used pentel fabric oil pastels. Second I used canvas paper. Lastly I used a hot air gun to set the image into the canvas. It is completely dry and has bonded to the fabric. Looks like it could be varnished and framed without glass. Only thing I don't know is how colorfast it is. The colors are limited but you can blend them with your finger.

Image is 9x12in.

04-28-2013, 09:57 PM
I reworked this sketch as the nose was a disaster. I has to strip part of it with mineral spirits and rework the entire process but it looks so much better.

04-29-2013, 05:28 AM
Sandra, so sorry to hear that you're going through such a tough time. That's WONDERFUL news that the cancer is under control!!

04-29-2013, 11:29 AM
Thank you, E-J. I'm hanging in there, and working doubly fast on learning all the skills in painting. Still have to produce my masterpiece.

04-29-2013, 09:02 PM
Coy sketch with cheap artist loft oil pastels in a multi medium sketchbook.

04-29-2013, 10:22 PM
Rough sketch of a hummingbird using cheap artists loft oil pastels in a multi medium sketchbook.

Shirl Parker
05-01-2013, 12:33 AM
Time for a new sketch thread. Click here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19596330#post19596330)