a large step by step example of a Landscape subject in Pastel Pencils has been posted here with detailed explanations of the stages and the reasons for the actions.
This exercise was completed for Caran d’Ache as a commission, and the notes were requested to accompany their product publicity.
The pencils and pastel sticks used were from the pre-production line and were not the finished product, so no colour names were available at the time the picture was completed.
The new Caran d’Ache line includes 84 colours and is sold in sets of the full colour range, smaller collections, and also smaller dedicated sets of 20 Landscape colours and of 20 Portrait colours. The Landscape and Portrait sets will have 20 pencils and 20 cubes in the boxes.
Details of prices and suppliers are given in the pages here on Pastel Pencil Brands)
Winter Village step by step
After the forthcoming beginners pastel pencil course on November 5th, I will post up the step by step of the picture that the students will have completed. This will also be available as a download in PDF format
The picture is worked with a range of different pastel pencil brands and also some hard (carre) pastels as a foundation and is shown on Hahnemuhle Pastelfix dark blue paper. Source reference is a photo by Michele Challaux of her local village of Corcelles les Monts near Dijon in France.
JUST FOR A MOMENT LET US CONSIDER WHAT IS ‘DIFFERENT’ ABOUT PASTEL AS AN ART MEDIUM
It all comes down to the way it handles on the paper.
Traditional Watercolour or Acrylic stays mobile on the surface until it dries
It dries quickly
and it stays where it is put.
You can paint over it ( well, up to a point with watercolour which is not quite as ‘fixed’ as acrylic)
But Watercolour and Acrylic pretty much stays where you put it.
Oil painters have a totally different medium.
One which is mobile on the surface for quite a long time before it dries..
This gives artists a chance to work the surface, adding in more colour and blending colours together.
Unless you add mediums to make it dry quicker, it can take weeks to dry
Making it easy to go back and re-work and re-blend
Pastel has more similarities to Oils than to Acrylic.
You can work the surface and blend more colour into the existing image.
But being a dry pigment at the outset, it doesn’t need to dry.
What you put down on the surface is what you get.
It will always be workable - even years later.
This will always be a fragile surface
This is why we need to protect it from scuffs and handling.
Pastel is best behind glass, in a frame and mount, as quickly as possible.
It can be ‘fixed’ with a fixative spray which adds a coat of varnish over the image.
But this will also affect the colours and darken them.
There is less reflected light coming off the pigment when it is behind a coat of varnish.
The reflection of light off the crystals of pigment is what makes Pastels such a lovely medium.
It makes the images ‘glow’.
Using pencils to work a pastel picture gives us the opportunity to work much more cleanly
than working with traditional soft pastel
And in much more detail.
Pastel is a lovely ( if messy ) medium
Pastel Pencils have the advantage of being cleaner to use
Latest revision March 2016
NEW PASTEL PENCIL COURSES
with Peter Weatherill
Knuston Hall have scheduled new Pastel courses
Introduction to Pastel Pencils
The next scheduled outing is on Friday May 19th 2017
This last May 2017 ‘day’ is followed immediately by a weekend course from Friday evening through to Sunday Afternoon on May 21st 2017.
You can book the one day or the three days together.
Some accommodation is available for those who need to travel but the day courses start at 9.15am and finish around 4-30pm, so some students may be local enough to treat it as a day out.
All materials necessary will be loaned/ supplied.
You can bring artists grade materials if you wish, but the main item required is yourself.
The one day courses will be covering basic techniques and materials, the use of hard Carre pastels for underpainting, the framing and care of completed pictures
and the demonstration over the course of the day of a simple coastal / sky scene,
which students will have the opportunity of completing to take home
The weekend course will look at a larger and more finished picture and will allow more time for discussion on more advanced techniques
Contact Knuston Hall, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire on
(UK) 01604 362200 if you are interested
Pastel pencils are not regarded as a ‘Coloured pencil’ by the International Coloured Pencil societies.
They treat only the Wax variety of pencil as being the true Coloured ( or ‘Colored’ .. in the USA ) pencil.
As new varieties of coloured pencil are developed, the strict rules are regularly re-written, but the consistent cry through the years has been that Pastel Pencils are NOT coloured pencils.
However Pastel Pencils are certainly Pencils
and they are also Coloured.
So as far as this web site is concerned, they are ‘coloured pencils’
They are certainly different from wax pencils in how they handle, but that doesn’t mean that this site will ignore them.
There follows a Topic on Pastel pencils and Hard Pastels to give you some basic information on buying and using them. ‘Hard’ Pastels have the same formulae as the pencils they match, they are simply without the wood cover. They draw the same and they work the same… they are just easier to use for the early blocking in layers of a picture and to cover larger areas