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05-06-2015, 03:20 AM
I posted the thumbnail sketch done with vine charcoal and a white pastel.
Then using Strathmore pastel paper 9"x12"
I used Rembrandt and Selinelier artists pastels and students Faber-Castell semi-hard pastels as my foundation.
Can't wait to post the finish!

05-06-2015, 04:35 AM
Just curious why you don't just tape all the way around the edges. I see a lot of artists putting little pieces of tape and gator-clips around the board. It would make it a lot easier to keep a clean border. You can also do test matks on the masking tape. If you untape slowly very little of any of the paper will come off and you won't have to worry about tearing the painting itself. For the record I did things this way with the Strathmore paper ;)

water girl
05-06-2015, 12:56 PM
I have always used a small bit of tape on either side with no problem. If you work upright, a small trough made of paper will collect pastel dust that you can easily funnel into the trash or recycle.

05-06-2015, 03:02 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2015/1190917-IMG_20150506_144914.jpg I do not like to work with my board on a easel much to my surprise! I always thought that it would be easier to work in that way. But I still have not been able to get used to that?
I work in a way that every student has heard at least a hundred times...Do not work on your lap!!
Especially if it's watercolors I can totally understand at 3reasons right off the bat! But I'm a self taught artist with probably more than a few not so good habits...oh well.Up until a few weeks ago I always taped my paper down as this was part of my process. The reason I haven't is...I have at least 7 drawing boards at any given time. But I tend to start another project before I'm finished sometimes I run out of a rigid surface and I got tired of taping,untaping. I don't like to waste ANYTHING.

05-07-2015, 12:43 PM
I always work on my lap with a drawing board too, even the few times I work big. It's a scoliosis and short arms disability adaptation for me. The one thing I can see and ought to do more often is wear a painting apron or spread a towel under the bottom edge across my lap to catch color dust instead of spot cleaning my pants afterward. I have plenty of cloths and should buy a painting apron.

Love your progress so far! Very cool scene with gorgeous perspective! Are you still working on it or is this the finish?

05-07-2015, 04:32 PM
Actually I'm pretty much done except some dark brown In the foreground suggesting tire tracks.
In the demo by Peter Coombs there is a perfectly placed figure walking a dog!
I really want this in my scene for a few reasons one being my tall bush on the right side isn't really helping the eyes into the picture where it ended up in the extreme foreground so that figure would be perfect to fix that. Although the road should automatically fix that but I wanted a little help is all...what heck it's only a few quick well placed abstract shapes and proof!! At least I hope it goes well. Wish me luck.oh here's Peter Coombs's...

05-08-2015, 04:48 PM
This is probably one of my personal favorites!
While I was painting this scene it was a very ZEN type moment.
For me anyway I felt I hit the mark on what I wanted to convey and that is a sense of light,warmth and the excitement of what is just around that bend?!
Hope you like?!

05-10-2015, 09:57 AM
I buy really cheap vinyl table cloths ( less than $2.00 each) with a cottony backing; I cut them in half or quarters and use them cottony side up on the surface under my drawing boards. The dust falls and is captured by the cotton and I can easily fold it up, shake it off and it will take one or two trips through the washing machine in gentle cycle.

Great work Jay Bird. How do you get the very straight hard edges on the buildigs. Mine always look crooked and fuzzy.

05-15-2015, 05:04 PM
I use a metal eraser shield or a metal ruler.

05-22-2015, 01:47 PM
Here's my finish...