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on: August 02, 2014, 02:02:35 AM
I did this on Strathmore watercolor paper. 140lb c.p 11"x15". Using Faber-Castell studio quality pastels along with some impressive results I think anyway from some cheap Pro-Art soft pastel's

I've been trying to get more of a realistic lighting effects in my pastels. I think something is missing as far as rendering the effects of the sunshine I'd really appreciate it for your help. Keep in mind I've only been doing pastels for a few months. But I seem to like it more than watercolor. Only because it's more forgiving meaning if you want to change something you just go over it put in whites at any stage of the development of a other words I love it and I'm eager to learn a whole lot more!!!
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Reply #1 on: August 02, 2014, 04:00:47 AM
Youve come to a great place for lessons.
I think you painting looks great.
You need to figure out where your light source is coming from.

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Reply #2 on: August 02, 2014, 09:18:42 AM
agree with Natalie this is a brilliant place to learn, not much help I'm afraid as regards your sunlight but someone with more experience will pop by I'm sure  O0  your painting is very well done especially considering you've only been doing pastels for a few months  :yippee:


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Reply #3 on: August 04, 2014, 07:16:28 PM
I don't know a thing about pastels but the old saying is "To make one thng light you need to make another dark".
Decide before you touch the pastels what the lightest object will be and what the darkest will be.
Decide how bright you want the highlight because everything else will have to be darker to make that lighter.
Keep working at it you'll get it.
Don't draw more in the morning than you can erase in the afternoon (Old Draughtsman's saying)


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Reply #4 on: August 04, 2014, 08:11:57 PM
Before you start you need to select which way the sun is coming from ie. left or right side and put the shadows to the left or right side of your trees etc..  Also make a couple of them so you can see whats behind them, a mountain,  sky etc.. Hope that helps.

Just go outside and look how the shadows are on the trees or buildings around you. Then try and make your shadows look like the ones you looked at. One of the best things to do is find a tree with it's shadow on the ground and walk around and look at it from different angles. I'm looking out my window at the trees and I can see how the sun hits some branches and the others have a shadow on them.

Hope I was of some help.



I knew Dennis had a video out there about trees :) it's called trees & bushes in watercolor. It should help and give you a good idea how to paint your trees.
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Reply #5 on: August 04, 2014, 08:47:46 PM
I forgot Nolan has a video as well. Watercolor and Oil, not what your doing but the basics are the same no matter what we are doing.

Here is another class by Dennis. It's a Tonal painting in watercolor. But it will help you understand shadows better I think. Try doing it in pastels and see what happens. I find that the best thing to do with the classes. Do them in a different medium.
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