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Sticky Wombat
02-15-2008, 01:00 PM
:wave: Hello to all, I thought that I'd post some pics of the first pastel painting that I did on velour (my fourth attempt at pastel painting), a Bengal Tiger:


The completed image measures approximately 18"x24" and is now framed and hanging on my lounge wall :) - At the time of completion I was really pleased with it as it was my first piece on velour, but since then I've become quite critical about it which isnt really a bad thing for without self-critisism your 'art' cant grow, but I guess it will always have a special place in my heart :heart:

Bye for now :wave:

02-15-2008, 01:11 PM
He is just gorgeous. And only your 4th pastel....all I have to say is wow:clap:. Keep up the good work. I will be eagerly waiting to see more:) .


water girl
02-15-2008, 01:22 PM
Your work is amazing.... so life like and beautiful. :) :) Please share with us the pastels that you use. Is this mostly pastel pencil? Soft or NuPastels?

02-15-2008, 02:10 PM

02-15-2008, 03:46 PM
Smooth!!!! Love it!

Merethe T
02-15-2008, 03:54 PM
Gorgeous work, you should be proud of this! I know I would if it were mine... ;) Excellent job on the fur!


02-15-2008, 04:57 PM
fabulous painting !! ... excellent detail ... wonderful colours ... very admirable ...

02-15-2008, 05:02 PM
This is absolutley grrrreat!!! (sorry! couldn't resist that!), Kerry! I love the way you've done the background, for those of us that hate doing backgrounds, this is the answer! Also, the shadows under the tiger are exactly right. We'd love to know which pastels/pencils you're using.

Sticky Wombat
02-15-2008, 05:24 PM
Hi there and thanks to you all once again!
Well basically I use anything I can get my hands on, starting off with coats of soft pastel (I tend to mix colours on the velour like I used to mix paint on paper in my watercolour days), using Rembrandt, Unison, cheap ones bought from a craft shop to the more expensive brands like Schmincke and Senneiler, but anything goes. Then I apply layers of detail with pastel pencil, again anything goes including Daler Rowney, Faber Castell, Derwent, Conti and I'm just waiting for the arrival of some Carbothello pencils to try (I should be on commission :lol: ). I hope this helps x
I could go on forever finding fault (but I wont) my main critism would be that the background looks too 'near' the tiger, I think I should have used cooler colours, and that the tiger is actually out of proportion, shock horror! But I wont tell you where as once you realise it stands out a mile :eek:

Well I'll leave it at that for now :wave:

02-15-2008, 06:38 PM
wow this is absolutely fabulous :) Great job!!! :clap:

WC Lee
02-16-2008, 06:04 AM
beautifully rendered :)

Sticky Wombat
02-17-2008, 05:02 PM
Thankyou for your words of kindness and encouragement !!!

02-28-2008, 05:53 PM
Your pastel took my breath (and heart) away. Absolutely beautiful!

02-28-2008, 06:51 PM
that's amazing... how do you get the fur to look so realistic? And the whiskers...?

02-28-2008, 08:37 PM
So very Gorgeous... I really love the effects the velour gives to the tiger, a very soft finish...
So beautiful!!


02-28-2008, 09:07 PM
Nicely done -love the depth of the face! Great soft strokes of pastel that give the sense of the hair. Beautiful! Barb

Sticky Wombat
02-29-2008, 12:02 PM
Thankyou to everyone for your kind words!

Paulb - I build the fur up by working in several layers of soft pastel first then I start applying layers of pastel pencil (4-5 different shades mixed together) using random strokes so that the lines/hairs dont look too regimental, being self taught I guess its just a case of experimenting and then seeing what works best for you (well me but you know what I mean:) )

Bye for now :wave:

03-01-2008, 04:13 AM
stunning Kerry ,truly outstanding!!!!

03-01-2008, 05:30 AM
He's beautiful, well done!

Sticky Wombat
04-06-2008, 01:03 PM
Thankyou once again to all who have taken time to view this thread and leave such encouraging words! x