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07-18-2002, 12:22 PM
Dear pastel artists I hope you can help me with this problem.
I use Rembrandt soft pastels in my work. I do mainly portraits.
The problem I have , and to my regret, is that the finish pastel work, and mainly in the skin Šarea, does not looks smooth and uniform. The pastel looks sort of lumpy, like if the different colors are not blending rightly together.
I have seen the finished work of other painters and it looks nicely blended and smooth. No ugly lumpy looks at all.
I am very careful when I work, and I smooth the colors very lightly and smoothly with each other.
What am I doing wrong?
Please help me, as this is of the greatest importance to me.
Thank you very much.
07-18-2002, 01:01 PM
How are you currently blending you work? This might help in determining where the differences are.
Can you post an example for us to see? What kind of paper are you using? It could be the paper, the pastels, or the blending technique. You might want to try a softer pastel. Here is a link to a chart that shows the major brands in order of relative softness. As you can see, REMBRANDT is rather to the hard end.
07-18-2002, 04:02 PM
Thank you Crumbedbrains, Mmdm,
I use Canson paper. I always work on the smoother side of the paper.
I am very careful with the blending.
Where exactly is that link where I can see about the quality of pastels?
Thank you again for your comments.
07-19-2002, 08:13 AM
I suspect that folks who achieve a smoother, more highly finished look used a more surface with more 'tooth' such as one of the sanded papers. These will accept more pastel and mix your colours together more.
<------------- likes a bit of texture in paintings :)
OOPS! Where'd my link go? Let me try it again.
And here's the chart, just in case the link still doesn't work -
Comparing Soft Pastels
Listed in order of softness (#1 being the softest)
#2 GREAT AMERICAN
#5 DIANE TOWNSEND
#6 MOUNT VISION
#10 ART SPECTRUM
#12 WINSOR & NEWTON
#15 FABER-CASTELL POLYCHROMOS
I have Grumbacher and Sennelier and there is a huge difference in the softness.
07-20-2002, 12:43 AM
I'm SO surprised to see that list says Grumbacher is softer than Rembrant!
My Rembrants make me crazy because they are thick, almost oily and make a somewhat sticky area that WON'T blend. When I want smooth blending, I use the GRUMBACHERS!
When I want a thick, vibrant color I goop on the Rembrant.
When I want serious BUTTER I get out the Schmincke......
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