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01-25-2001, 06:02 PM
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This was on Canson pastel (9x12). I have never worked with soft pastels before. I picked up a pack of alphacolor greys in my college bookstore and decided to try to do a study in greys. I used a photo of my mother. My main focus was shadow and highlight.

Please let me know if there are any tips or hints I can use or anything obvious I could stand to learn (I reworked the right eye about 3 times and finally gave up, and the mouth was too small for me to do much with).

Thanks in advance,

01-25-2001, 07:27 PM
Hi Stephanie!

I think it's fantastic that you went for the pack of greys! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif They really are going to be terrific for learning about tonal values.

A great way to extend the possibilities of pastel is to practise different mark-making techniques - using the pastel on its side and on it's edge, using different pressure. Try as many different ways of making marks with them that you can think of. It's great fun and you will really learn how to control and manipulate the medium.

This drawing is full of character. I can see that you struggled with some of the features but your drawing study has a lot of energy in it. Have you read Drawing on the right side of the brain by Betty Edwards? I think you would really enjoy it. If you have not come across that book before, you can read more about it here: http://www.drawright.com

best wishes