Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pastel Pencils

By: Lori Talbert

I have heard a lot about pastel pencils from others and decided I would give them a try. I have several pastel sticks or chalks and while I like the way they blend and the ease of application, I didn't feel I had the control for finer details as I did in graphite or colored pencils.

So, I purchased a small set of pastel pencils at Hobby Lobby and looked through my reference pictures to see what I had. This picture is from a drawing challenge on a forum I belong to. The challenge is long over and I cannot remember at this time who posted the pic. But I pulled it out and sketched it on a piece of 4x6 bristol board and gave the pastel pencils a try.

As with the chalks I liked the ease of application and blending, (colored pencils take a lot of work) but I was frustrated by the lack of colors in my set of 12. In colored pencil work I use the white pencil frequently to blend and to change the colors to what I want. I had no white in my set of 12 so I resorted to pulling out the chalks to finish the piece.

I enjoyed the experiment and was surprised by the ease and quickness of completion in comparison to my colored pencils. Colored pencil work for me takes a lot of blending. I generally use a colorless pencil for this frequently going over the entire piece with it and once I'm through my hand and arm are tired as it takes some effort.

I would like to try more with the pastel pencils but I think I need to purchase a larger set with more colors. So I will shop around for the best price. Do they make a white pastel pencil I wonder? Also any pastel pencil tips would be greatly appreciated.


Teri C said...

Thanks for sharing that info about pastel pencils cuz I don't like the big chalk for details either.

The acorn looks wonderful.

Artist Unplugged said...

I think you did a good job, it's difficult starting with a new medium....I personally find it rather frustrating...look forward to see how you progress with these!

Laure Ferlita said...

Love all the detail you got in the acorn cap, Lori. Very nicely done!

They do make a white pastel pencil. Years ago, I used Bruynzeel (I think that's how you spell it) pencils. I liked the texture of the pastel, but I have no idea if they still make them or if they're the same. There are so many new products out, I'm sure you can find something that will fill the bill!

simoart said...

I love it. Great acorn painting. As always a beautiful piece. Keep up the good work.

Jan said...

That was Bonnie who posted the acorn photo and you've done a great job with it!

I have found that a white charcoal pencil works better than a pastel pencil many times. I think you can get them at Hobby Lobby individually or at WalMart in a set of other charcoal pencils. Glad that you got a set of more colors too. Pastel isn't like cp in that you can't really mix or layer colors to get a new one. You pretty nuch need the color you want to use. Sometimes you can trick the eye into "seeing" a new color by placing other colors side by side.

Pastel pencils are so much fun!