THE FIGURE / PORTRAIT IN PASTELS
April 05, 2020
Are you ready to bring more colour, feeling, and depth into your figure drawings? In this foundational course, you will learn a simple step-by-step approach to create convincing skin tones using dry pastel (soft & hard) on mid-tone paper. Working from the live model and reference materials, emphasis will be placed upon creating 3-dimensional form using light and shadow, layering colour, and exploring various techniques in pastel application. Whether focusing on the full figure or portrait, you will enjoy a heightened sense of confidence and play with colour!
Basic knowledge of figure drawing and painting
In this course, you’ll be using ‘dry’ pastels, so do not buy ‘oil’ pastels. All these materials can be found at Opus Art Supplies. Similar products & brands from other stores are welcome. Feel free to bring additional materials if you wish. Remember to dress appropriately for an art studio. Brand names italicized are recommended.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
• Easels, drawing donkeys, side tables, chairs & stools, drawing boards, paper clips, masking tape
• Canson Mi-Teintes (19” x 25”): 2 sheets of any colour you wish.
• Neutral colours are recommended (ie. Tobacco, Bisque, Pearl, Felt Grey, etc.)
• Rembrandt Pastel Half Stick Set (15 or 30 sticks)
• If too expensive, buy a set of (Prismalcolour Nupastel, Mungyo, or Arts-Arch), but these are not as effective as the Rembrandt set.
• Optional: Rembrandt sells smaller sets of Pastel Half Stick Sets (5 and 10) with varying blues, greys, reds, etc. Feel free to get whatever colours interest you.
• Optional: Choose individual sticks of skin-like colours from Schmincke and Rembrandt, which are more pricey, but the best quality.
• Conte ‘Pastel’ pencils (2B): black, white, grey, & sanguine
• Optional: Stabilio pastel pencils of your choice
• Additional colours welcome
• Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser
• Staedtler ‘blue’ Plastic Eraser Holder with re^ill
• Kneadable eraser UTILITY KNIFE
• X-Acto Light Duty Snap-Off (for sharpening pencils) The Figure/ Portrait in Pastels
• It is recommended that you wear gloves in working with pastels.
• Rubber latex gloves or similar will suf^ice.
• Workable Fixative: SpectraFix Pastel Fixative. This is alcohol based, non-toxic and has minimal odour, safely used indoors. Other sprays are welcome, but if they smell and are toxic, must not be used in class. Use them at home instead, and spray outside.
• Blending: Blending stumps (various sizes) & a ‘leather chamois’