Hard and Soft Pastels: Know Your Composition and Colors!

by Sean Moynihan
(Denver, Colorado)

One thing I have learned from using pastels, is that it takes time to blend colors together, it takes many layers. So plan out your compostion, get a rough sketch going of what your subject is, and what colors you generally want.


Now a tip that will bring amazing color to your painting: You can use this with any medium, but it looks more vibrant with pastels; henever you want to shade, or draw a subject with lots of dark shadows, use complimentary colors together to get a shadow, instead of using blacks and greys.

For example, say my subject is a tree. Well to get its shadow, take green and its complimentary color red and mix them. The results are a dark, yet colorful shade. Trust me it works!

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Shadows
by: Anonymous

I was told this at school about 47 years ago by my art teacher and this is the first time since then anyone has agreed with me that this was so.


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Light to dark or dark to light?
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I was told years ago that I should start out with my dark colors and layer up to my lightest colors.
Now I am told to start with my light colors and then add the darks.
Which is it?

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Mixing apposing colors
by: Anonymous

I'm going to try this and see what i get. I'm still a beginner.

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