Color Fundamentals/Pastel, 1.1

The Winter session has started, and we are beginning a color studies sequence, using pastels on white and tinted paper. We’re also using the 72 half stick Faber-Castell brand pastels – lots of good ranges of colors and values.

The tennis ball.

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How many ways can you draw it, in how many media?!

Working in pastel, first a black, grey and white light study; then a monochromatic using a few values of yellow-green + greys, white; then in complementary values using yellow-green, red-violet + greys and white, to mix and create rich shadow values.

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For blending, I like to use a brush, and kneaded eraser, as well as some very gently done blending with fingers. Below is the full range of colors:

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As well as the 3 studies together on the page along with the color wheel.

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Remember, pastel mixes by blending physically, so you can dramatically add and change pure color and value without adding too much pigment.

Join us for 5 more sessions in this Level 1 course.


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