Beginning Pastel guides beginning artists through an exploration of pastel techniques and step-by-step projects for a comprehensive and approachable overview of this colourful medium. From choosing the right paper, pastels and colours to basic techniques such as blending, grading and masking, it is the perfect resource for artists just getting started in pastel.
Starting with a blank canvas, each stroke and technique is clearly explained and beautifully illustrated, allowing readers to master key concepts and then put them into practice through simple step-by-step exercises. Often considered an advanced medium, Beginning Pastel makes drawing in pastel accessible and achievable for artists of all skill levels.$27.99
Written by soft pastel expert Jeremy Ford, this book is packed full of soft pastel techniques and inspiring step-by-step projects.
It starts with the basics, such as mark-making and blending, through using colour and tone and creating skyscapes, to more advanced techniques including successfully creating depth and perspective.
The book builds in difficulty, interspersing the tips and techniques with five beautiful step-by-step projects, allowing the reader to either dip in and out of the book for inspiration, or to follow the book as a course to build up their skills. A wide range of Jeremy’s inspiring work is shown throughout to inspire and encourage the reader.
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Turn the unique colour wheel on the front cover to see instantly the precise shade you will achieve by mixing two pastel colours. Work through the eight projects to learn the basic techniques of working using pastels, including hatching, dabbing and layering.
Learn the techniques of colour mixing and the range of shades and tones that can be achieved. Look at works in pastels and the way their creators have used colour and colour mixing for assorted finishes.$25.99
All soft pastel painting enthusiasts will benefit from this in-depth instruction manual from three respected and well-loved pastel artists.
Starting with advice on materials, it moves on to pastel basics such as colour mixing, adding water to pastels, blending, adding tone and using a limited palette. There are sections that include landscape painting with advice on composition and painting trees and water, how to capture light in pastels and how to paint flowers.
Throughout, the art of painting in pastels is taught through 13 beautiful, easy-to-follow projects; each section is accompanied by step-by-step photographs and instructions and a selection of inspirational paintings in a rich variety of styles by the three featured artists.$34.99
Margaret Evans shares her huge enthusiasm for the medium and her expertise in the properties of pastels. She demonstrates the stages: sketching in, blocking in and then building up, that lead to a successful painting, and then the dry and wet techniques that really unleash the potential of pastels. There are then six beautiful step-by-step demonstrations.
She shows how to:
- Choose papers or use underpainting techniques to make the most of them
- Use turpentine and how to dilute or intensify colours, and there is information of composition, perspective, painting figures and mood and atmosphere, all helping equip the reader to paint in her fantastically creative way
- Develop painting ideas from her wonderfully inspiring photographs, workbooks and travel diaries
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