Pastel pencils : a seriously gorgeous medium
I just love pastel pencils! I like the way there is hardly any mess and you can get quite fine details as you can sharpen them to a point. I'm currently working on this little lady...
She's slightly more whimsical than I usually like with the big doe eyed look but I think I've helped counteract that with the fairly heavy and sharp looking horn. I've used Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel pencils which I just adore. I managed to get a great deal on ebay from someone selling off art stock from his shop but they are available here:
These are just gorgeous to use. They come in lots and lots of lovely colours and are just brilliant for blending as you can see from my pic. They can be bought in packs or singly and I usually keep a track of the colour numbers on my phone and pick a new one up everytime I visit Hobbycraft for about £1.40.
I think I may have messed up on the board I've used though or at least made it harder for myself to blend. I used a cheap board and didn't gesso first. Pastel needs a little 'tooth to the substrate to adhere to it, but this board was far too toothy and rough! Ah well a lesson learned. Gesso is always your friend 🙂