I love the bright colors of pastels and the way they reveal the texture of the drawing surface. It helps to keep a loose hand, but of course, I like to zero in on the details at the last minute. This study gave me practice with reflective/translucent materials as well as folds of fabric.
Lately, I’ve been working with pastels, trying to get a good feel for the medium. Here is my first of a three-part pastel study: a portrait. This time I’ve worked with chalk pastels and rendered a close up photo of Adam from “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo. Oil pastels seem to be good for creating great texture and build-up effects while chalk is excellent for smearing and forming a smooth appearance. Let’s just say I’m hooked on both!