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Pastel Art Demonstrations

Updated on June 26, 2014

Three Pastel Demenstrations

Painting everyday, poses a problem a lot of artists have, and that is what to paint next? Tapping into my youth for this first demo, and okay, my comments in keeping with this adolescent memory.

Some things from your adolescence lodge in your memory for life: The second time I took my driving test, I wore the smile for hours, after getting a pass. Your first pay check, the smile didn't last quite as long when you realise it didn't last the weekend, and watching a Beatrice Dalle movie, was there seriously girls out there like that.

So my first pastel sequencing is of the French beauty from "Betty Blue" looking moody.

The second sequence is of a famous Colombian singer with an IQ to make Mensa wince with envy, a voice like an angel and dance moves that could even raise the temperature of those with ecclesiastical persuasions.

The third demo is a scene that I digitalised for a book cover.

Béatrice Dalle

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In this demo you won't find me spending hours on an eye lash. I like to cover the porous paper and pastel with several colours and then blend them with a finger, thumb and or a cue tip- cotton bud,  if you make a mistake then erase or spray it with fI sketch a lose outline and then use blue as a filler, skin is made up of  colours reflected by the light and so establishing the light source is the easiest way to achieve different tonal effects from under sides of arms creases, to raised muscle crI could add some warmer colours on her skin but then I would have to adjust her mouth to a smile and that would be something else - moody is what I have gone for both in posture and tone.I could add some warmer colours on her skin but then I would have to adjust her mouth to a smile and that would be something else - moody is what I have gone for both in posture and tone.
In this demo you won't find me spending hours on an eye lash. I like to cover the porous paper and pastel with several colours and then blend them with a finger, thumb and or a cue tip- cotton bud,  if you make a mistake then erase or spray it with f
In this demo you won't find me spending hours on an eye lash. I like to cover the porous paper and pastel with several colours and then blend them with a finger, thumb and or a cue tip- cotton bud, if you make a mistake then erase or spray it with f
I sketch a lose outline and then use blue as a filler, skin is made up of  colours reflected by the light and so establishing the light source is the easiest way to achieve different tonal effects from under sides of arms creases, to raised muscle cr
I sketch a lose outline and then use blue as a filler, skin is made up of colours reflected by the light and so establishing the light source is the easiest way to achieve different tonal effects from under sides of arms creases, to raised muscle cr
I could add some warmer colours on her skin but then I would have to adjust her mouth to a smile and that would be something else - moody is what I have gone for both in posture and tone.
I could add some warmer colours on her skin but then I would have to adjust her mouth to a smile and that would be something else - moody is what I have gone for both in posture and tone.
I could add some warmer colours on her skin but then I would have to adjust her mouth to a smile and that would be something else - moody is what I have gone for both in posture and tone.
I could add some warmer colours on her skin but then I would have to adjust her mouth to a smile and that would be something else - moody is what I have gone for both in posture and tone.

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary" - Pablo Picasso

Béatrice Dalle, Pastel Demonstration

Caricature Pastel Demonstration

 

Famous Singer

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Sketch using blue as a filler.Dark to lightIn this demo which is a fun way to fail correct and learn. The light source comes from different areas and I chose to just highlight the high levels cheeks, peaks of muscles and darken under the eyes the stomach is square and all can be blended slighAdd some colours, play around if what you have done is bad spray it with hair spray and start again.
Sketch using blue as a filler.
Sketch using blue as a filler.
Dark to light
Dark to light
In this demo which is a fun way to fail correct and learn. The light source comes from different areas and I chose to just highlight the high levels cheeks, peaks of muscles and darken under the eyes the stomach is square and all can be blended sligh
In this demo which is a fun way to fail correct and learn. The light source comes from different areas and I chose to just highlight the high levels cheeks, peaks of muscles and darken under the eyes the stomach is square and all can be blended sligh
Add some colours, play around if what you have done is bad spray it with hair spray and start again.
Add some colours, play around if what you have done is bad spray it with hair spray and start again.

Who Is She?

Which Famous Colombian Female Singer is the Caricature of?

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Just For Fun

Provided with permission from http://thedoghousediaries.com/

"As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward." Vincent van Gogh 1853 - 1890

Book Cover

Get out and leave the key

A man holding a key we see what he sees by way of reflection in the glass of red wine, a naked female clutching a red rose to her chest pointing a gun.

There is a lot of cue-tip/cotton bud work here and pencils to soften the female. I left the hand rough and masculine almost numb looking and obsequies.

The rose petals shaped like love hearts depict his initial intent.

His intent is sub-text which I leave for your interpretation.

Photo Gallery

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Plan and set out a lose sketch.Drawing glass.Thin white lines and filling the glass with the colour of the liquid, subtle if it is a light wine. The reflection you add normally makes up most of the shape of the glass were you stand the glass and what direction your light is cominChoose three skin tone pastels: light pink, dark pink and a light red pastel the sections of the hand where the creases of the hand begin start with the red move from darker to light and then using a white pastel blend eventually using your finger orFrom any joint or crease you have a valley and crown the valley being the darkest point and the crown where the light glances off,  the in-between you have to blend the tones to gradually meet, the more subtle gradient the more realistic.Shadow and darkening I sometimes exaggerate this to punctuate or define more I am not looking for a photograph I have a camera for that but of course you can achieve that. Set yourself what it is you want to do finish it and then move to the next lev
Plan and set out a lose sketch.
Plan and set out a lose sketch.
Drawing glass.Thin white lines and filling the glass with the colour of the liquid, subtle if it is a light wine. The reflection you add normally makes up most of the shape of the glass were you stand the glass and what direction your light is comin
Drawing glass. Thin white lines and filling the glass with the colour of the liquid, subtle if it is a light wine. The reflection you add normally makes up most of the shape of the glass were you stand the glass and what direction your light is comin
Choose three skin tone pastels: light pink, dark pink and a light red pastel the sections of the hand where the creases of the hand begin start with the red move from darker to light and then using a white pastel blend eventually using your finger or
Choose three skin tone pastels: light pink, dark pink and a light red pastel the sections of the hand where the creases of the hand begin start with the red move from darker to light and then using a white pastel blend eventually using your finger or
From any joint or crease you have a valley and crown the valley being the darkest point and the crown where the light glances off,  the in-between you have to blend the tones to gradually meet, the more subtle gradient the more realistic.
From any joint or crease you have a valley and crown the valley being the darkest point and the crown where the light glances off, the in-between you have to blend the tones to gradually meet, the more subtle gradient the more realistic.
Shadow and darkening I sometimes exaggerate this to punctuate or define more I am not looking for a photograph I have a camera for that but of course you can achieve that. Set yourself what it is you want to do finish it and then move to the next lev
Shadow and darkening I sometimes exaggerate this to punctuate or define more I am not looking for a photograph I have a camera for that but of course you can achieve that. Set yourself what it is you want to do finish it and then move to the next lev

Pastel Figure and Abstract Background - The next stage where I start to tone down and define - but that's my next lens with more reflections in windows.

ShearArt Studio

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    • TheManInTheHat profile image

      TheManInTheHat 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens, I enjoyed following the process, very nice artwork!

    • Mark Shearman profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @WildFacesGallery: Thank you for visiting and for the Blessing.

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      Mona 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      It's always a great learning experience following a work in progress series. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @aardvarkapparel: Hi, thanks for the visit.

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      aardvarkapparel 

      6 years ago

      I like the women painting near the bottom. Very cool.

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