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Maryna

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on: March 04, 2020, 02:08:26 PM
Dennis, I was just wondering, is there a way to use pastel sticks in a more realistic way as if you were using the pencils?
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Reply #1 on: March 04, 2020, 07:18:51 PM
In my experience getting a realistic effect is in the choice of colours. If your colours match you can paint / draw quite loose but the artwork will still look realistic.

If it is fine detail you are looking for then adding them using pastel pencils is a must as you are going to struggle to get that using the sticks.

You would need to keep sharpening them which wastes too much pastel and they are soft so the sharp edge / point disappears too quick.

The exception to this is if you are working on a very large scale when the thickness of the pastel stick gives you the impression of fine detail.