View Full Version : Mixing in a sketch

06-19-2006, 08:14 AM
I've started sketching with pen & oil pastels. But for portability have kept the number of sticks I carry fairly small (about 24).
When sketching in soft or oil pastel, how do you blend/mix more colors without building up thick layers?
Here are some samples of 10-20 minute sketches.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2006/48177-chicks_in_hands.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2006/48177-fisherman.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2006/48177-060612-sm.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2006/48177-060613-sm.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2006/48177-060614-sm.jpg

06-19-2006, 07:31 PM
With soft pastels, layers is where it's at, so to speak! That's how you get the really rich colors which show off the pigment in pastels. If you're worried about smudging in the field, a small can of fixatif might be in order to "fix" the pastels before interleaving with glassine or tracing paper. Smudging is usually a lot less of a problem that one would think as long as you take a little care to cover and secure the sketches against being rubbed against something during transport....clips and such can be used for this.

Your sketches are wonderful and I'm wondering if you wouldn't benefit by using colored papers to sketch on...they can act as the backdrop to the scene and let the colors you apply look more lush and rich....smearing shows a lot less on colored papers too! :D At any rate, you're doing great with your current technique...it's just fun to try new approaches sometimes. Happy sketching!