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« on: June 05, 2008 01:20:40 AM »

i'm usually a spaz when it comes to all things art,
but i recently went out and bought some oil pastels.


i thought i bought oil pastels, until i realized that they were soft pastels.

oh well.

i've worked with both, and i'm liking soft pastels better.
the colors are really vibrant
and they're easy to blend.


i've been messing around, experimenting, and what not,
and i drew an octopus that i'm really proud of.

his shading is all wrong and he's quite strange looking...

but i'm still proud of him.

go ahead and throw some punches, if you want.

but what i'm really looking for is some tips on how to work with soft pastels.
or tips on how to master shading and highlighting in all the right places.

and also... tips on what kind of a fixative to use for soft pastels.

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008 03:33:22 AM »

Im sorry i can answer your questions, but im sure someone will come along who can.
I just wanted to say i think he looks great  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008 07:24:53 AM »

That is the cutest drawing! Don't be so hard on yourself. The shading is off? I didn't notice and still can't! You did an awesome job, give yourself credit.

« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008 08:11:34 AM »

Quote from: t33ng1rlsqu4d link=topic=249966.msg2776096#msg2776096
and also... tips on what kind of a fixative to use for soft pastels.


Hairspray!  Grin

Obviously it won't make your drawing permanent but it's the best thing you can get to make your drawings less smudge-able and more stay in place.....-able.

When you're spraying your work though, be sure to have at least say, ten inches or so distance between the nozzle of the can and your work so that the pastel is just 'lightly misted' with spray rather than doused in the stuff. Because if your work gets wet with the hairspray then it won't dry looking the same as it did orignially, scribble a bit of pastel onto some scrap paper to test what I mean; if your works gets too 'wet' with hairspray the colour will often end up stuck a shade or so darker.

I'm guessing this varies with the type of hairspray used, too, I wouldn't normally give so many cautions, (in real life I'd probably just tell someone "yeah, just bung some hairspray on it" or something :p) but I don't want you to accidentally mess up that adorable octopus and it be my fault  Cheesy

Seriously, it's so cute! Good job Wink

Oh yes and make sure you have a window open or something when you're spraying, don't want to end up suffocating yourself. Not that a small picture like this will require much spraying
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008 08:14:21 AM »

He's cute! I only noticed the off shading after I read it. I used a sealing spray from Krylon. I can't tell you what it's called exactly as somebody is sleeping in my craft room and it's in there with my pastels.

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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008 08:14:44 AM »

I think he is absolutely magnificent! I love the blues you used.
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2008 10:02:22 AM »

thanks for all the tips. i'm going to have to experiment some more today.  Grin
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008 10:51:36 AM »

Shading eh? I think it looks like a cute octopus that I would be glad to frame and put in the kids room. At least it has 8 legs. It's cute if you ask me.

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