View Full Version : Weekly Sketch Thread - March 31 - April 6

Paula Ford
04-01-2008, 06:29 AM
Hello Everybody! (Sorry I'm late!)

The weekly pastel sketch thread is for ALL pastelists of all skill levels who use soft pastels, hard pastels, or pastel pencils.

The idea is to fit some sketching time into your week by completing a sketch in one hour or less. You can sketch anything, whether it be from life or photos.

It's a good idea to time your sketch, keeping it within 60 minutes. You know how time flies when you’re creating! So, get your pastels out, set a timer, and when your time is up, please post your sketches here and share your efforts with us!!

Please see last week's sketches here...

For inspiration, please visit the image library.

04-01-2008, 09:04 AM
I started sketching again over at the WDE ... havent been inspired lately but this little 20 minute (8 x 10 ish ) sketch makes me feel like maybe I should have a go at a nice size painting of this litttle guy.


WC Lee
04-01-2008, 10:31 AM
nice sketch Angie :)


quickie sketch .. Rembrandt on Strathmore charcoal paper, approx. 9 x 12


Paula Ford
04-01-2008, 01:28 PM
Hi Angie, I think you should also. How big would you go with it? Beautiful bird!!

WC, I really like the composition of this piece. Do you ever do really big portraits?


04-01-2008, 05:39 PM
Nice portrait, WC. Love the colors used.

Angie, great background to highlight the bird. Love the colors too. Are those dragonflies flying past?

I did this one yesterday.


04-01-2008, 09:41 PM
Wow, lots of nice sketches. I love the bird and flower, and that portrait is really awesome. It seems like I've been away from here forever. But I'm *hoping* my life is settling down a bit now to allow more painting time.

I have some Pan pastels I bought last FALL to try out, and have never even opened the box! So tonight I decided to give them a try. And you know what? So far I don't like them at all! I hate fiddling with those little devices for laying on the color, and getting them dirty and having to wash them. I missed the feel of the sticks, and using my fingers.

But I used Canson paper (smooth side), and they DID work very well for putting down a layer as an undercoat. So I started a "still life" (to call it that is being a bit generous, :lol:) from life with a couple objects I threw on a table, but quickly decided the Pans didn't cut it, so broke out my regular softies.

But after 30 minutes I decided nothing could save this one and it's only fit for the bin, so didn't want to waste any more time. But here's where I spent my 30 minutes - on 12x16 Canson, blue, smooth side.


WC Lee
04-02-2008, 06:19 AM
Paula: thanks :) hmm really big portraits? nope :D the largest one I finished is 11 x 14, sketches on the other hand has been done on 14 x 17.

Sandra: thanks :) nice sketch of the flower.

Debbie: thanks :) keep experimenting with the pans pastels. They take a bit to get used to and goes down more translucent than the sticks. My avatar image was done with pan pastels :) and its also one of the images on the gallery at the pan pastel website.


This one wasn't going quite the way I intended soooo I stopped working on it.
rembrandt on tiziano, 9 x 12


rembrandt on colourfix primer, 7 x 8.5


Paula Ford
04-02-2008, 01:06 PM
Sandra, The flower is lovely!

Hi Debbie, I really like your sketch. It's nice a bright! I know what you mean about the pan pastels. I have no urge to buy any. It reminds me of having to fool with paint brushes and all that stuff that I happily gave up when I got into pastels.

WC, I think the portrait is beautiful!!! Her eyes and expression are really beautiful. Your landscape is to-die-for too!!

04-02-2008, 05:29 PM
Thank you, Paula, WC, Debbie.

Wow, Debbie, those colors are so intense. I love your piece! Absolutely love the colors! Too bad you plan to junk it.

W.C., hehe, your portrait is so pretty I can't imagine you think it's not good enough. The standards are so high here...hehe.

Will be back soon.

04-02-2008, 09:43 PM
Wow, Debbie, those colors are so intense. I love your piece! Absolutely love the colors! Too bad you plan to junk it.

LOL, I adore intense colors. I probably won't actually junk it, since I never really junk anything. I even keep my stinkers as learning tools or sad object lessons. They go into the back of the closet and just don't generally come out again. :)

But I did like the colors on this one, so actually spent another 20 minutes on it this evening, and while I don't love it I hate it less, :lol:.

That takes me to about 50 minutes spent on it. So since I'm still under the hour I'll post my updated version here.


04-02-2008, 10:13 PM
I know what you mean about the pan pastels. I have no urge to buy any. It reminds me of having to fool with paint brushes and all that stuff that I happily gave up when I got into pastels.

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking too. I hate bothering with all that stuff. We'll see. The Pans do work nicely for an underpainting.

WC Lee
04-03-2008, 12:36 AM
a quick little sketch, Rembrandt on gesso mixed with pumice ..

first image is the pastel wash underpainting .. ignore the blurriness, just took a quick digi picture with the camera.


the second image is after adding some pastels to it


Paula Ford
04-03-2008, 01:19 PM
Nice one WC!! LOL, there is no way I could draw a human being LOL It would take a year!

04-03-2008, 09:48 PM
Wow every one nice work
WC I like the landscape nice view and good colors.

04-03-2008, 11:53 PM
I really like your painting, the subject and colors are really fun and it has a lovely softness.

04-04-2008, 02:23 AM
ok here is a quickie assorted pastels 8x10 on MI :)

WC Lee
04-04-2008, 03:24 AM
gakinme: thanks :) hehe the standards are high and I'm still trying to reach it :)

Paula: thanks :) you know, I said the same thing about doing landscapes but the only way is to keep trying and learn something from each piece. And I am my own worse critic :D

Scott: thanks :) your landscape came out quite well too.


was busy all day .. didn't have any time to do any sketching :( not that I was anywhere near my pastels even if I found some free time. Maybe in a little while, I'll find some motivation to do a quickie :)

Paula Ford
04-04-2008, 06:44 AM
Scott, Your landscape is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l !!!

You need to sign it and frame it!


04-04-2008, 07:03 AM
Wow, wonderful stuff in this thread! Lee, this is your best landscape so far!

04-04-2008, 05:15 PM
a quick little sketch, Rembrandt on gesso mixed with pumice

I love it. That picture has attitude. :D

04-05-2008, 01:33 AM
ScottyArthur, that's a wow for colors. Love the mix of yellow and green in the front.

Here's a piece I did tonight. I went to both Johann Fabrics and Michael's and they don't have ampersand paper and the pastel paper they sold is more for oil pastel without much texture so I used a grocery bag and sanded it slightly.

An imaginative piece after watching a dancer during the Chinese New Year. I can't even remember what color were her clothes.


04-05-2008, 02:05 AM
Sandra this is really cool I like the looseness of it. nice use of colors.

WC Lee
04-05-2008, 09:03 AM
nice sketch Sandra :) good sense of movement

WC Lee
04-05-2008, 10:24 AM
thanks Charlie and Debbie :)


still working on learning to sketch landscapes :)

Rembrandt and Sennies on colourfix primer, 4 x 6


04-05-2008, 11:28 AM
Nice WC. I think everything we do is a still learning thing, I once read a poster a friend of mind had about people and they were asked to give a quote, from ages 5 to 92 and the best one was from the 92 yr. old he said " At 92 I still have a lot to learn" How true. How about trying one say 9x12 or 16x20 with some room to work. Your landscapes are very good.

Paula Ford
04-05-2008, 01:03 PM
Sandra, Great sketch with lots and lots of movement!!

WC, Very nice colorful landscape (psss....remember your darks)


04-05-2008, 09:22 PM
Thank you, ScottyArthur, WC, Paula.

I tried this sunset across my lake on watercolor paper and the more I mix the colors, the more muddy it becomes.:eek:


This one is from yesterday on a late afternoon with overcast skies but just enough reflection. Construction paper.


WC Lee
04-06-2008, 09:22 AM
Scott: thanks :) I also agree with that statement, no matter how old or smart we get, there is always something new to learn. I'm building up the confidence to go bigger with all these littler ones :D but actually, I prepared quite a bit of 8 x 10 and smaller primed supports thinking I wouldn't go bigger (plus I wanted to do it once and get it over with too), so need to use them up first, working from smallest up. Good thing most of them are 8 x 10 :D Funny though, I have never attempted a landscape on regular pastel paper.

Paula: thanks :) lol, this is too funny as I am usually the I telling everyone to push their darks :D

Sandra: good work on the sketches :) I have tried using watercolor paper as a support, once primed with colourfix and once as is, and I couldn't stand the texture (probably because it had the rough finish).

WC Lee
04-06-2008, 11:45 PM
a tiny one to end the week :)

rembrandt on wallis, 2.5 x 3


04-07-2008, 01:39 AM
A true mini WC, looks great. You have a wonderful talent, You know that.

WC Lee
04-07-2008, 06:49 AM
thanks Scott :)

04-08-2008, 01:13 AM
Thank you, WC. I don't like the texture of watercolor paper either. I'm going back to normal medium paper next.

Your mini is so small and cute. Love the shine on it. Did you use soft pastel pencils for this one?

WC Lee
04-08-2008, 01:33 AM
thanks Sandra :) nope, no pastel pencils, done with Rembrandts.