Pastel School: A Practical Guide to Painting and Drawing With Pastels

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More than 40 step-by-step sequences show how to master pastel painting and develop your own individual style. Eight projects show the whole process of picture making, from planning to completion.
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Overview

More than 40 step-by-step sequences show how to master pastel painting and develop your own individual style. Eight projects show the whole process of picture making, from planning to completion.
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Since its original publication in England in 1996, Harrison's book has sold over 50,000 copies, and deservedly so. There are few outstanding, comprehensive books on this misunderstood medium. Pastels are relatively easy to pick up-there is no color pre-mixing to do, there are no brushes to handle, and the act of pastel drawing isn't separate from that of pastel painting. It is, however, a difficult medium to master. Fortunately, Harrison is both a master pastel artist and an experienced author of several instruction books. Unlike Anne Heywood's Pastels Made Easy, Harrison covers the complete spectrum of subjects, including portraits and figures. Among the eight major projects there are still lifes, interiors, flowers, landscapes, houses, and cityscapes, followed by a gallery of finished paintings illustrating different approaches and styles. Highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762106981
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 4/20/2006
  • Series: Learn as You Go Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
1 What You Will Need
About Pastels 18
Pastel Care 22
Paper Texture 24
Paper Color 26
The Studio and the Portable Kit 28
2 First Marks
Working with Pastels 32
Line Strokes 34
Side Strokes 36
Combining Strokes 38
Gestural Drawing 40
3 Building Up Your Skills
Color Mixing 44
Blending Large Areas 48
Blending Small Areas 52
Using Line Stokes 56
Broken Color 58
Overlaying Colors 60
Underdrawing 62
Building Up a Painting 64
Edges, Outlines, and Details 66
Wet Brushing 68
Charcoal and Pastel 70
Underpainting 72
Using Thick Color 74
Laying a Textured Ground 76
Making Corrections 78
Comparing Methods 80
4 Basics of Picture Making
Composing the Picture 86
Basic Color Principles 90
Working from Life 94
Using Visual References 96
Making Your Sketches Work 98
Exploring the Options 100
5 Picture Making
Still Life 106
Project 1: Painting fruit 112
Project 2: Painting patterns 114
Gallery 116
Flowers 118
Project 3: Violet and white flowers 124
Gallery 126
Landscape 130
Project 4: Skies and seascapes 138
Project 5: Hilly landscapes 140
Gallery 142
Portraits and Figures 146
Project 6: Head-and-shoulders portrait 152
Project 7: Figures in landscape 154
Gallery 156
Buildings 160
Project 8: Mediterranean village 166
Gallery 168
Looking After Your Work 170
Manufacturers' Equivalent Chart 172
Index 173
Credits 176
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

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    I haven't used pastel in 15 years and was needing to get a grip on the basics again. Pastel School provided the basics, but since what I'm really interested in is portraiture, I was hoping for more on that. All I got was 2 facing pages of how to do a portrait in pastel, (the portrait wasn't that good,) and it didn't give that much instruction. It was more or less glossed over. However, I did learn something, especially picking papers and picture set-up. If you're interested in this book, don't expect thorough lessons. This book will show you what you can do with pastel, but don't expect a lot of detailed instruction.

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