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Old 03-05-2018, 03:30 AM
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Leopard in tree - WIP

I've not posted in this thread before as this is my first attempt with pastels. I started this piece over Christmas and have got back to it in the last few days. It's 30 x 40cm pastelmat using conte sticks and carbothello pencils, with a little fc soft pastels also. So far I love the medium and the potential for building layers, though I am struggling with the fine detail in the tree. This has taken around 25 hours so far and progress is very slow, especially now that I am trying to build up the texture in the bark and moss. I'd love some feedback if possible, and any comments welcome.

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Old 03-05-2018, 04:26 AM
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Re: Leopard in tree - WIP

Craig, welcome to the pastel forum. Your art background is working well for you. You've used colored pencil, so detailing over a long period of time is not intimidating. I can't wait to see the finished painting. My only suggestion is to keep an eye on the white in the background. The value may be too light. Just give it a thought as you finish.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:45 AM
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Re: Leopard in tree - WIP

This is looking really good... The leopard is looking great, and I really like what you are doing with the tree trunk.

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Old 03-06-2018, 01:19 AM
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Re: Leopard in tree - WIP

Hi Craig, and welcome. I agree with Karen; this is progressing nicely. I also agree about the extreme lightness of white; it can begin to look unnatural in a realistic landscape. White pastel is seldom used to represent "white" areas. There are brands of pastel that offer sets of off white in both warm and cool temperatures that will look more lifelike. Unison and ArtSpectrum brands come to mind. The ArtSpectrum are a harder, more "gritty", and less expensive choice. However, I don't know if they are available in your area. Unison are made in Northumberland; ArtSpectrum in Australia.
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:18 AM
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Re: Leopard in tree - WIP

Thanks guys. I will take another look at the white as I progress. The leopard will be a lot lighter in the end, so I'll wait to see how that balances out with the background. It is very white in the reference photo, but I did think I could add some lighter shades of blue maybe, just to break it up a little.
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Re: Leopard in tree - WIP

Craig
What a wonderful job you have done . It's hard to believe it is your first time doing pastels. Love the green moss on the bardk.
Another brand of pastel to think about is Mount Vision. There are people on this forum who absolutely love it.
I bought some at Dakota Pastel on sale for $3.00 each and they are fabulous. They have lots of shades of off white.
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Old 03-20-2018, 06:54 AM
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Re: Leopard in tree - WIP

Well I'm sorry to say there will be no more updates for this piece. Foolishly, I added some fixative to the work and ended up having huge droplets sink in to the background. This has stained the area and no matter what I cannot remove it. I have tried baking soda, brushes, sanding, painting in with some fixative and re-spraying to try and add more tooth but all I have is a smooth area which will no longer accept pastel. I am very annoyed (with myself mostly), but I suppose it's a learning curve (this was my first attempt after all). All I can say for certain is that I will not be using fixative in the near future! Hopefully I'll have my next attempt to share soon...
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Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. But looking forward to your next piece.

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Re: Leopard in tree - WIP

Oh, no! Really, that's all I can say....Oh, no! Please try again.
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