View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Sketches, 16-22 May '05

05-16-2005, 09:21 AM
Welcome to another week of pastel sketching!

The idea is to complete a sketch in one hour or less. You can work from life or from a photo - it's up to you. It's a good idea to time your sketch, keeping it within 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Set a timer, get pastelling and when your time's up, STOP - and share your efforts with us here!

It's a fun way to sharpen your observational skills, try out new pastel techniques or simply keep your hand in when you're short of time. All are welcome here, whether you're a newbie, a pro or somewhere in between, and whether you're using soft or hard pastels, oil pastels, pastel pencils, charcoal or chalks.

Let last week's sketches inspire you:

Happy sketching! :)

05-16-2005, 09:27 AM
Some of you may have missed this sketch of Preston's which he posted at the very end of the last weekly thread, so I'm posting it again to get the new week off to an inspiring start. Preston posted that this is 3.5" x 2.5" on sandpaper. I think it's terrific - unusual and striking, and leaves the viewer's eye to do the work. Great stuff, Preston.


05-17-2005, 01:15 PM
Whoa! VERY different and INTERESTING too! I like it!

05-18-2005, 05:54 PM
I'm x-posting this one from the OP sketch thread. This is a plein air sketch I did while on holiday in the Lakes. It's 12x8" in oil pastels on Tints paper, and actually took me an hour and 15 mins. I had intended to keep within the hour but wasn't wearing a watch and lost track of time (well, it WAS a holiday!! :D). This is a woodland stream called Stock Ghyll.


05-18-2005, 06:10 PM
I swear I don't know HOW you get those oilies to look just like softies! You must just WAVE the oil pastel over the paper without even touching it! Love this one! Nice holiday?

05-18-2005, 06:18 PM
Hey Sooz! I've been so far out of the pastel loop lately ... it's nice to be back amongst you.

To be honest, I don't know how I get the OPs to look like softies either! What might look like a light touch feels like quite the opposite to me - I seem to be going at it for ages with the OPs without ever really managing to cover the paper! But I'm pleased that I can use them to similar effect.

Our week away was spent walking, eating, walking, eating and walking. Also sketching and sleeping. Bliss.

05-18-2005, 06:33 PM
Sounds wonderful! Just what people need now and then. Too often, we Yanks get done out of our vacations...has been years, for instance, since hubby had one except for a duty visit to his Mom last year....not quite the same as a real vacation! Doubt he'll get one this year either since he's had to take his time off for Dr. visits, etc. No wonder we're all crazy! Or half dead!

05-18-2005, 10:23 PM
Sooz...I too am amazed at how all of a sudden EJ shows up with ops that rival those painted by life long dedicated op artists......Sure you weren't holding out on us all theses years, EJ? I had to work hard with the little boogers to just create something that almost looks acceptable.....YOu rock, EJ!

05-18-2005, 11:26 PM
Preston, your op's are great too! At least they don't look like some yucky leftover oil paints left in the sun til they get runny like mine do! But EJ seems to have the "touch" for sure...with both softies and oilies...shall we kill her now or what? :evil:

05-18-2005, 11:39 PM
Well, I've been in a bit of a creative funk for a while now, so unpacked all my soft pastels (which haven't seen the light of day since last year) and decided to get back to basics.
I did these two this morning, the shell maybe just over an hour though - I've done a couple of versions of it in other mediums. It's on small sheet of Canson (A4 maybe) and the figure is on A3 drawing cartridge paper.
Think I'll just keep going at the small sketches till I feel motivated enough again to do something more serious.

cj :wave:



05-20-2005, 09:30 PM
Looks like your warming up the old pastels just fine to me! I like both these! Keep the sketches coming!

05-21-2005, 09:46 AM
I couldn't access WetCanvas yesterday ... Sooz, did you have something to do with that?? You're the only one to have made a death threat against me lately :D Preston, thanks for your com(pli)ments. Much appreciated.

Welcome back, cj! You're doing really well here. The strokes in that broken shell are so delicate. I haven't touched my soft pastels for a couple of months either ... going to get them out today and see if I can remember how what to do with these funny dusty old sticks :)

05-21-2005, 11:54 AM
Yep, that was me! I was using the new Deathray 2005...zaps anybody from across the pond who has the temerity to do good stuff with BOTH oilies and softies...it's just toooooo intimidating, so....ZAPPPPPPPPP! :evil:

05-21-2005, 02:19 PM
Does this mean I'm excused from having to meet my May goals over in the Goalposts thread? :D

05-21-2005, 05:18 PM
Does this mean I'm excused from having to meet my May goals over in the Goalposts thread? :D


05-22-2005, 02:54 PM
Preston, great colours and textures in there, and a very satisfying composition.

E-J, I think these latest sketches of yours are wonderful. To me, they have a Chinese look. Maybe it's just the shape of the countryside there in the Lake Country. I never realized it's so hilly there.

cj, the shell is beautiful, and the figure is very good indeed.

Well, I have most of my photo problems resolved, so I can be a regular participant again. This one is still poor in quality, but I'm getting a little more out of this program every day, so future ones should be better. I think a lot of the fuzziness is in the original image, which does not have sharp edges, but does look less misty in RIL. (Sooz, I'm reading the manual, honest! :) I'm just a slow learner about things photographic.)

I did a pencil sketch of this house a few years ago, with colour notes, and recently I got it out and tried it in soft pastel on Canson, about an hour.


05-22-2005, 02:57 PM
:o Lte's try that again.


05-23-2005, 03:51 AM
Looks cute, Agnes, if a little blurry. Red and blue always a good combination in my book! Look forward to seeing you over in the next weekly thread, which I'm about to open before rushing off to work :D