Finished pastel

Western colors

This one was finished with pastels, which I prefer for larger (14×9) portraits.  I typically add a bit of concentrated color in the smaller areas with colored pencils when I am using pastels.  I find the only problem with pastels is that, as hard sticks, it is more difficult to do the little details.  And I hate to waste so much drawing material just to sharpen one for brief use.  I also like the richness of color that the gloss sprayed pastel gives to a larger piece.  Watercolors tend to have a bit of an ethereal quality for me and I like the more solid effect on bigger architectural portraits.

There is not a lot of color as the landscaping is more minimal, fitting in with a desert setting.  I have not mailed it out yet as the person who commissioned it will not return to the city for a few weeks.  Then, out it goes.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. denisebushphoto
    Feb 08, 2020 @ 18:43:18

    Very nice Ruth! I imagine it would be difficult to render fine detail with pastels.

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    • ruthsartwork
      Feb 09, 2020 @ 09:27:52

      Thanks, Denise. Sometimes I have used pastel pencils for details, but it is the same issue of wasting so much material sharpening the pencil. I settled on the colored pencils finally and I like it.

      Reply

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