Posts tagged draw
Posts tagged draw
“Blue Croton” on 9” x 12” watercolor paper, image size slightly smaller. Used Gallery Artists’ Soft Oil Pastels by Mungyo.
I think it’s my best work! That’s my peacock chair in the background.
You just have to play with it. Fill up sheets upon sheets with strokes. I work with two sheets of paper. One to do the drawing on, and another to try out different strokes to see if it’s going to work for me. Ink is not an easy medium, and that’s what I like about it. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Michael Jackson reportedly made hundreds of recordings before he picked out his best ones to use on an album. We visual artists can do the same thing, really.
I go back a long way with oil pastels. The literature is sparse on them, but I have just about all the good books ever written on them. This is a photo of some of my first drawings in oil pastel. I was in high school when I did these, so we’re talking the middle 70’s (1975-76-77-78). These are obviously school grade cheap oil pastels I did these with, and the colors are still as vibrant as when I first put them on, I think, which is over 35 years ago. Which is why I say don’t break your bank buying oil pastels or any art supplies. Now the paper they’re on is fragile, but again, they’ll never see the inside of an art museum, so who cares.
Interestingly, the spade pattern on the bottom left is a design I actually made a rug out of! I had gotten into that whole cheesy latch-hook thing, didn’t like the design kits you could buy, so I bought some rough weave fabric and made my own!
And as far as the landscape, seems like everybody does a sunset when they first do oil pastel - it’s one thing you can’t really screw up!