View Full Version : Quick 1st attempt wi soft pastels

04-22-2013, 11:29 AM
Well after getting started with my pastel pencils i went and bought a set of 36 Unison pastels(direct from Unison factory) as its only 30 miles up the road from where i live.Today i got them out to give them a try and came up with this portraite of Paul Weller from UK bands, The Jam & Style Council.

I only spent 2 hours on it and i no the detail is a bit loose but it was just to get a feel of using soft pastel sticks rather than hard pastel pencils.I like the feel of these pastels and this is only my 2nd time using pastels of any kind so with a bit more practice and time i think i could really get used to these :) the only downside is all the dust :D .Please let me no what you think.

P.S i havnt got a clue of what colours to use for skin tones or what colours go with other colours etc just winging it really :lol:


04-22-2013, 12:11 PM
Well welcome to the dusty side. If this is your first effort in pastels i can see you are going to do brilliantly with them. This is a great portrait!

04-22-2013, 12:16 PM
Very nicely done - especially for a 1st attempt! A nice blend of linear and painterly applications! Your skin tones (and other colors) look fine, so just keep on winging it!


04-22-2013, 01:03 PM
Very good !:clap:

04-22-2013, 01:24 PM
Yup, winging it works for you! Nice job, and welcome to the dusty side!

04-24-2013, 04:26 AM
Wow, what a great painting - especially for the *first* time you've used pastels! I really like your subject's "attitude". :-)

04-26-2013, 02:01 PM
yep , an attitude !
and as Don said , a good combination of line and blocks of colour .

the sticks may seem fat and difficult to control compared to pencil points ,
but at the same time , the sticks are crystals of pigment with just bits of binder to hold together , so ,
a picture can jump off the page !

you are very fortunate to be so close to the unison makers .
- respect that opportunity ... :)


04-26-2013, 04:43 PM
very impressive. Pam:clap:

04-26-2013, 06:58 PM
Thanks for the positve comments but i feel iam really struggling with soft pastels!!! I live in a 2 bed flat with my wife and daughter and space is an issue, what with the dust and mess and all i think i might just stick to pastel pencils for now.Would love a studio or outside area to use soft pastels but for the time being its pencils and graphite i think..:-(

04-27-2013, 06:12 PM
Nice linear approach to this. I was an illustrator and love line!
:thumbsup: derek