View Full Version : Paper comparison review for newbies

03-24-2009, 05:15 PM
Hi All.
I have started a few of these and here is the first one sort of complete. The idea is to compare see how far I can go with hard, medium and soft on each surface and what each looks like after blending and working back over the top. I am aiming this at newbies who may not have a selection of hard and soft sticks yet. I hope to show what limitations might occur to help avoid disappointment and misconceived expectations from the materials to hand.

Any ideas on what else I should include would be welcome. I'd also like to know if any newbies find this useful.

I deliberately chose a simple subject and a very basic rendering so that the focus is on the paper and pastels and not a completed painting.


For the flowers the following steps were followed.
1. Linear strokes with pastel tip allowing the sticks to blend
and fill the paper tooth.
2. Blending what is there according to the key. Resulted in the hard and Rembrandts revealing the drawing underneath and losing the most definition.
3. Working over the top in the same way. The hard pastels were pretty much finished, the Rembrandts not much better. The Unisons kept going for 2-3 layers ok and allowed detail to be added still.
The leaves were just finger blended and had another layer of the same added except the Unison one which accepted more.

I see no point in blending out the next few as they will react the same.


Deborah Secor
03-25-2009, 09:13 AM
Wow, Gary, this is just wonderful! I KNOW there are people who will benefit from this.

Would you mind going into the How to get started (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=392571)thread and either posting this page in there, or putting in a link and description of it? That way we have great info like this all in one place...

This took of effort on your part--thanks! :heart:


03-25-2009, 09:27 AM
Hi Deborah, Thanks for the pointer to the How to get started thread. I will post over there and when I get some of the sanded surfaces and velour done as well it should be a bit more useful.

CM Neidhofer
03-25-2009, 09:41 AM
Maybe could add this to the "Paper Thread" above, as well?


03-25-2009, 02:57 PM
Hi Christine, good idea. Once I have got it completed and the notes fleshed out to be a bit more meaningful I will ask the mods to put it where it's likely to be of most use.