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Old 01-03-2018, 03:22 PM
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Leopard in Pastels WIP

So I had this amazing gift for Christmas. Conte A Paris Bamboo set and Stabilo Carbothello pencils. I have never used pastel before, but thought I'd give it a go. The blending potential for backgrounds is amazing, but I'm struggling with the fine detail at the moment. I suppose I just need to carry on and see how it goes. I welcome C&C, this is my first time and I could benefit from any help. The colours are not correct at the moment for the leopard as I have just put down the base layer. Let me know what you think...

This is 30cm x 40cm using Pastelmat paper

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Old 01-03-2018, 03:36 PM
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

Looking great so far, lots of nice detail in the fur. Lovely look in the eyes too. I'll be following progress
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

Agree...looks great
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

Very nice. Looking great
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

Looking wonderful so far! Love the pose and modeling. Fur textures are great! It helps to layer with the pastel pencils, you can go in and lighten darker areas with a few soft strokes. I like the way you have warm centers on some of the rosettes already.

Pastel's a wonderful medium. There's so much you can do with it and it's as reworkable as oils, maybe even more so. If you do have any problems, lifting out is as easy as brushing off an area or lifting with a kneaded eraser if you just delicately want to lighten an application before adding more (restore tooth).

On Pastelmat paper, your first layers will stick where you put them. I love this about it, but it's one of its quirks. Blending and glazing happen more on the 3d and 4th and so on layers. Up side, you're not necessarily taking up color from the underlayer when you lay a stroke over the underlayer - so things like a white whisker over dark come through very bright and clean.

Your blended background is gorgeous. Your carefully delineated spots are beautiful. Study the reference close for lighting effects on the dark spots though, there may be a blue-gray sheen over some of them or colors may reflect onto them especially in lit areas. That can be added with very light strokes over what you have though, it's the sort of thing relevant as a finishing touch.

Looking forward to more!
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

Thanks guys. I appreciate the comments. Going to try to work on the tree foreground today. I started the bark on the right hand side but it just doesnt look very lifelike to me. I'm guessing this will be a case of building it up and completing the whole thing before it comes together.
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

Looking good. Will be pulling up a chair. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

Let's all watch in anticipation! Looks great even at the beginning stages.
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

Well here's the update for the last two days. I'm starting to feel a bit better about this piece, though I am known to regularly throw my work to one side...so much so that I only completed one piece out of 10 last year !!. I'm still unsure about the bark of the tree where I have added the detail to the right, but am hoping as I continue, it will start to look OK and that I don't lose faith. It's at least at a stage where I have an idea of the final outcome, but there's still a lot of work to go. Hope you all like the progress and again, any hints or tips are more than welcome.
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

It looks really great. I'm kinda jealous.

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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

Looking good so far I like the bg
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Looking really good so far.
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

It's really coming along nicely, the texture in the fur is great
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Re: Leopard in Pastels WIP

The is turning out great.
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Very nice work.
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