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Process Analysis Essay Example: How To Make an Oil Pastel MasterPiece

Updated on December 6, 2010

       A rainbow variety of oil pastels lie scattered on the table, along with a blank, white canvas longing to be drawn on. A work of art is in the making. The canvas opens an opportunity to create a chosen image with a few simple steps.

      Oil pastels are better to use than paint because there is more control in holding the pastle. Granted, both ways smear, but pastels merge together more subtlety, making the image more likable. To begin, supplies are needed. This will include oil pastels, a blank canvas, and a paper towel to blend. Once these items are obtained, lay them on the table or area of which you will be working. An apple will be the subject of the portrait, so now it is time to begin.

      In order not to make any mistakes, lightly sketch the apple on the canvas, capturing every round curvature and dent. Once the picture is drawn to desire, gather the colors needed. Bear down along the drawing with a bright red pastel. This may look chalk at first, but take the paper towel and gently begin to rub the color. This enhances the texture and effects and also combines the colors together to look natural. After you have outlined the apple, grab a different shade of red, and color in the apple. Make sure to press harder in areas where light would not be hitting it, and softer where light would be shining on the apple, that way you have shadows. Again, take the paper towel and blend. Now take a brown and lightly draw a stem. There is the option to take a black and lightly color in where the stem comes out and to draw a shadow behind the apple. Now the apple is drawn, but the pastel can still very easily be smudged.

     Lastly, the portrait needs to be covered with a glaze. A cover like Modge Podge or one that requires hands and brushes to apply need not be used. This will damage the picture by mixing all of it, taking away any detail. Buy a spray finish, gloss or matte, whichever is preferred. Spray it on as directed, and allow it to dry for the specified amount of time given.

     After the allotted time, the picture is ready to be displayed! On the wall hangs the result of imagination and creativity. It represents an expression of the artist and is shared for all to see.



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    • mrscb2010 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you for commenting. :) I am new to this site and excited to share some of my work! I really appreciate it!

    • yolanda yvette profile image

      yolanda yvette 

      7 years ago

      Very informative. I'm a newbie, but I've had a desire to produce really good art since I was a child. I am preparing myself to start working on some things. Thanks for sharing this info.


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