View Full Version : Weekly Sketch Thread - April 7 - 13

Paula Ford
04-08-2008, 09:45 AM
Hello Everybody! (Sorry I'm late...again!)

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...WOW, we had a great week last week.

For inspiration, please visit the image library.

WC Lee
04-08-2008, 06:38 PM
a quickie :) under a half hour

Rembrandt on black Tiziano paper, 5.75 x 8.25


Paula Ford
04-08-2008, 06:51 PM
Oh Cool!!! This is terrific. You're really good at proportions WC. Is there any advice you could give me? Any magical formula you do to get your drawings well proportioned?

WC Lee
04-08-2008, 07:24 PM
thanks Paula :) Honestly, I really have no idea what I am doing :D I just try my best to put down on paper what I see, as close as possible. But I do notice one thing, I am constantly checking alignments and eyeballing measurements to make sure I got the right distance, proportion, and angle (even then it sometimes don't come out right).

04-09-2008, 01:00 AM
Oh, WC, I love that drawing of yours. I love the black background and the Asian girl. How do you get that color on the legs? No matter how I try with my 48, it's either too stark or too light? and when I put an extra layer on, it looks caked. I need to experiment with texture paper like yours....I have to improvise tonight with whatever paper I have at home.....

WC Lee
04-09-2008, 01:47 AM
thanks Sandra :) not sure what you are referring to in regards to your question about the color on the legs. But the colors I used for this particular sketch are ultramarine blue, raw sienna and titanium white.

Here is an example of how I normally paint skin tones:

WC Lee
04-09-2008, 09:08 AM
hmm looks to be a quiet week here :(

a quickie, Sennelier on Strathmore charcoal paper, 9 x 12


Paula Ford
04-09-2008, 07:05 PM
Another beautiful sketch WC!

Yup, pretty quiet. I'll try to contribute later in the week. (It's sewing season for me. Every new season I make some new clothes.)


04-09-2008, 10:30 PM
Nice work WC. I wish I had some time but I'm finding it hard to even be here to make a few notes. To much going on for the next couple of weeks. :(

WC Lee
04-10-2008, 01:42 PM
thanks Paula and Scott :)

04-10-2008, 05:19 PM
WC, I saw your posting on skin tone. Thank you. I'll give the ethereal looking skin a try too next. Here's a quick lion I did for miniature art monthly.

2.5 x 4 inch, soft pastel pencils from General's on cheap beige newsprint.

The scanner washed out the colors and I augmented it a bit.



Paula Ford
04-10-2008, 10:38 PM
Oh wow! Great lion Sandra! So small too. Do you like doing miniatures?


04-11-2008, 12:11 AM
my first ever pastel portrait.

and my second ever pastel piece.

The photograph is a bit too detailed on the hair and the background is actually a separate sheet of paper (l plan to use the piece later) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2008/135989-Winehousdin.JPG

04-11-2008, 01:25 AM
I'll add my quicky painting into the mix here for comments.

It was intended to be a study for a larger painting I am working on.


04-11-2008, 01:46 AM
Very nice Lion Sandra.
Interesting Jason
Mrking I like the yellow against the blue nice study, it will be interesting to see the larger painting.

04-11-2008, 02:17 AM
Wow, Jason, you are brave. You actually cut out the portrait. I like her lower lip. Very luscious!

mrking, nice shine on the spoon. It'll be interesting to see what the bigger piece would be like.

Thank you, Scottyarthur, Paula.
I usually like to draw index card size because it's less work for pen and pencil.

I did one of 1 square inch last night also with soft pastel pencil but I didn't have the right colors and the scenery of lake and shrubs really didn't pan out.


I'm experimenting something now with soft pastels and will be back shortly.

04-11-2008, 04:25 AM
This is a piece I have been wanting to draw for a long while but haven't figured the medium until this week. Soft pastels would make it easier than colored pencil.

In Korean dramas, there are always these thugs or secret military running through the forest in the deep of the night with fog backlit by a white moon :lol: Man, they look so good I want to live in ancient Korea!!

So here it is with soft pastels on black construction paper. I had to compensate a bit with photoshop because the colors just didn't come out in the scanner or the camera.


I have actually started embarking on my ancient Korean collection all thanks to extensive watching of Korean dramas and this is the third piece. At my signature, you could see a link for my other pieces in oil pastel which I am gradually learning about too.

WC Lee
04-11-2008, 05:22 AM
Sandra: nice sketches :) the last one is quite nice ... looks like you are getting the hang of using soft pastels.

Jason: nice sketch :)

mrking: nice shine on the spoon :)


I losted track of time on this one .. a little over an hour :D
Sennelier on Strathmore charcoal paper, 9 x 12


Paula Ford
04-11-2008, 06:21 AM
Hi Jason! LOVE your sketch! It actually reminds me of a friend of mine. You did this under an hour?

Hi Mike! Great spoon! You do fabulous painterly-realism!


Paula Ford
04-11-2008, 06:22 AM
WC, This is so lovely! She is so beautiful. Love your painterly style.

Sandra, You are on a roll! 1" landscape WOW! Lovely soft colors. Your other sketch is quite dramatic. Is it a subject for a much larger paitning?


04-11-2008, 05:26 PM
Thank you, Paula, WC.

WC, another nice lady there. I'm amazed that one could actually paint faces with green!

Paula, this night piece is 9 x 12 already. I don't know how to paint in oil or watercolor so for now, this is it until my skills get better and know what else to improve on. But I like to redo my drawings from time to time too for comparison.

04-11-2008, 10:08 PM
I have a question. Do all of you blend your soft pastels with your finger for smoothness say for a face? Are soft pastels safe for skin contact?

I just noticed that I could actually use Prismacolor pencil on top of pastel to do detailed features. Are there any tricks or special care I have to pay attention to when I mix these two mediums?

Thank you.

04-12-2008, 01:59 AM
Hi all,

Got inspired and picked up the pastels for the first time in a long time. So much to do, so little time these days. My daughter (4) is getting better at colouring, so maybe I'll get more chances to sketch...

Before we get to my "picture", I blend with my fingers, so I hope it's safe. I know some people use a latex glove or a stump or a tortillon, but I can't be bothered most of the time. After all, my hands are already dusty from handling the pastels.

My goal here (besides come up with something that looked like what it was supposed to) was to avoid blending. I tend to overwork my pictures, so it was fingers off! I gave in when putting the shadow behind the flowers, but I held off for the rest.

Not exceptionally happy with it, but it got me sketching again. Gotta practice! :)


WC Lee
04-12-2008, 10:20 AM
Thanks Paula and Sandra :)

Sandra: I personally blend only with my fingers .. however, when do I blend may be more difficult to answer as I blend when I can't get the effect I am looking for any other way at that particular time. It also depends on the type of support used. But I tend to blend more with portraits of people more than anything else.

As for using prismacolor pencils with the pastels, I'm not sure but I do know that prismacolors are kind of waxy and the pastels might not adhere to it if adjustments or corrections needs to be made by putting the pastel over the prismacolor. Think I'm going to play around with some scraps to test that out later ... if I remember that is :D

Simon: nice sketch :)

Paula Ford
04-12-2008, 10:46 AM
Hi Simon, That is a lovely sketch! So glad you joined us.

I try not to blend at all, but when I do it's with my fingers. Usually by the time my painting is done, there are pastels all over me. The dirtier, the better!!


alaskan rose
04-12-2008, 07:27 PM
My first time to post in the sketch thread. These are two plein air sketches from today, the rocks (value sketch) took about 20 minutes, the other about 35 minutes. Both are 4" x 6".



Paula Ford
04-13-2008, 01:06 AM
Hi Margie,

Great sketches! I especially love the second...really wonderful and painterly.