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Author Topic: underpainting chalk pastels  (Read 1008 times)


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on: November 02, 2013, 10:10:49 PM
I want to start working with chalk pastels.  My question is what to do when you start a picture?  What do I do tone the paper or do I have to?  Another question is I do work from dark to light is that the correct way?  Thank you.


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Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 12:08:41 AM
I have very little experience with pastels personally but I'm fascinated by the people in my portrait class who use them. They buy pre colored pastel paper (Mostly grey) which has a rougher texture that regular or watercolor paper and start sketching with a neutral color.
Don't draw more in the morning than you can erase in the afternoon (Old Draughtsman's saying)


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Reply #2 on: November 03, 2013, 12:37:11 AM
From the beginning of January I will be giving a whole years tuition on using chalk pastels in place of the Watercolour classes.
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