View Full Version : Weekly Pastel Sketch Thread - March 9 - 15

Paula Ford
03-09-2009, 11:57 PM
Hello Artists! :wave:

The weekly pastel sketch thread is for pastelists of all 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 are creating. So get your pastels out, set your timer, and when your time is up, please post your sketches here and share your efforts with us.

For inspiration, please visit our Image Library here

Please also join me in the Landscape Forum for the March Landscape Challenge!

03-10-2009, 12:41 AM
Hi Paula, I had some reams of plain white office paper so I've been experimenting doing alot of quick gouache underpaintings and then pastel over them. Anyway these are two really quick ones.Joe.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2009/69618-reference_062.JPG

03-10-2009, 12:45 AM
Sorry but I have to the second seperately (computer challenged).http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2009/69618-reference_064.JPG

Paula Ford
03-10-2009, 07:16 AM
Hi Joe, Nice to see you! I've been wondering where you've been.

Your sketches are really cool!! Maybe I shoud say really "hot"! How did you like that paper? It must have been difficult to get the pastels to stick.

03-10-2009, 02:47 PM
Hi Paula, I've lately been stocking up my small studio and have been in kinda a learning experiment phase trying different grounds,reading and instructional DVDs.I decided I wanted to do many experiments using pastel over underpaintings. I started using the plain office paper because I have a few reams of it and I want to be able to do alot of them, very freely.The paper buckles very badly at first then it flattens enough to use about one layer of pastel .It actually holds the pastel pretty well.The end result is good enough for learning purposes but obviously not much more.This allows me to do about ten in one sitting and it is helping me with color mixes and brush work.The best thing is I dont get so attached and invested in them that I become stifled.Because I can do so many of them I'm encouraged to use pastel colors I may not have otherwise.Anyway thats where I'm at.I really like your photos in the landscape challenge.I'm thinking about doing the middle one with the lazy stream. Joe.

Paula Ford
03-10-2009, 08:55 PM
Hey Joe, What a great idea! You're a smart man! That's a wonderful way to practice practice practice at the absolutely least amount of cost.

03-11-2009, 12:18 AM
Paula it's kinda funny how this paper thing came about for me, I mean I know I'm not the first to do this type of thing but about a week ago I was thinking how I used to draw so much when I was a very young child and was wondering what helped me get better at it. Like many where I lived we didnt have very much of anything but my dad would always bring me an unlimited supply of office paper reams and pencils that companies in Manhattan would discard for either slight damage or they just didnt want to move them (my dad was a mover).Later in adulthood I too did a small stint as a moving man in Manhattan and you would be shocked to see the dumpsters filled with discarded paper even then. So having access to plenty of paper and pencils let me experiment away without fear of waste.Low and behold last week I see a ream of paper sticking out of my desk and decided to expand my color horizons without the worry of waste or pressure to do a finished piece and it's working out great I'm having fun and I believe I'm getting alot from it. I have been doing about ten at a time no more than three or four minutes each.I hit them with gouache and let them lay all around me to dry.Then I'll do a sketch over them with pastel.My goal is to become comfortable with how the wet colors behave and intermingle and how the dry pastel colors can bring the sketch to life.Sorry for the long post I guess I'm excited because I feel its helping me.I'll throw some more up soon .Joe.

03-11-2009, 10:55 AM
Joe, those are amazingly cool sketches (or "hot" as Paula says, :lol:) for being done on plain white office paper!

I have not been around lately, but I'll continue the theme by also posting something done on plain white office paper -though nothing dramatic like yours! This was actually done at work while I was sitting in a long and boring teleconference. I started drawing a doodly sort of sketch on a sheet of plain white office paper, just using a cheap ballpoint pen. But of course I love color and don't like monochrome, so I took out the set of 12 Conté pastel pencils I keep in my desk - and added a little bit of color on top of the ink! Then the teleconference ended and I had to get back to work. :D

Paula Ford
03-11-2009, 11:59 AM
:lol: Those teleconferences are so brutal, aren't they? :lol: What a wonderful use of your time Debbie! This is really lovely!

03-12-2009, 12:12 AM
Hey Debbie, thats a nice colorful sketch you did.Its funny what stuff we can come up with when our creative half is rebelling against our business side.These sketches have got to help somehow.Joe.

Paula Ford
03-12-2009, 04:24 PM
Here's a sketch I did this afternoon. It's 8"x10" on Ampersand Pastelbord. Boy am I rusty!


03-12-2009, 06:59 PM
Hi All :wave: :wave: :wave:

I lov the pic you have done here, well done to you all

I got time to play with my soft pastel yesterday and this is one i did

Yellow Lilie on Blue Soft pastel on blue Mi-Teintes wrong side (8”x10”)

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Paula Ford
03-12-2009, 07:15 PM
Beautiful piece Graham!!