Pastel Step by Step: Master the basic skills and special techniques of painting in pastel

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Explore the colorful art of painting in pastel with this compelling how-to guide. Pastel Step by Step provides all the information beginning artists will need to start working with hard pastel, soft pastel, and pastel pencil to create realistic, expressive works of art. The book begins with basic information on composition, color theory, value, and special techniques, such as scumbling, glazing, and cross-hatching. Then experienced artist Marla Baggetta guides you through 12 colorful and compelling pastel ...

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Overview

Explore the colorful art of painting in pastel with this compelling how-to guide. Pastel Step by Step provides all the information beginning artists will need to start working with hard pastel, soft pastel, and pastel pencil to create realistic, expressive works of art. The book begins with basic information on composition, color theory, value, and special techniques, such as scumbling, glazing, and cross-hatching. Then experienced artist Marla Baggetta guides you through 12 colorful and compelling pastel painting projects, step by step. And along the way, you will find plenty of practical tips and useful advice for creating your own impressive works of art in pastel.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Kids love art, but sometimes give it up as they get older and begin to encounter difficulties. Each of the books in the "Artist's Library" series offers sensible, usable advice from practicing artists to novices working in various media. Pastel painter Baggetta reminds readers that pastel is becoming a major medium for artists and recommends it to beginners for its flexibility and forgiving nature. She introduces young artists to hard and soft pastels, pastel sticks, and supports (various grades of paper), advising them to buy the very best they can afford. There is also helpful information about organizing a workspace and painting outdoors. Next, artists learn about values and the psychology of color, along with the many strokes possible with pastels (shown in color examples). After mastering these, pastel enthusiasts can follow Baggetta through six steps as she describes in detail (down to a list of colors she has used) a number of her finished works. Through each, she demonstrates an important technique like composing a landscape, showing depth, working with white, and conveying light and shadow. Especially interesting are lessons on creating and lighting a still life (here, a bowl of colorful fruit) and using photos as reference for composing a scene (white barn with trees) by combining and eliminating elements. Baggetta also steps painters through pastels of an animal (red fox), purple and white flowers, a self-portrait (working from a photo), and two less realistic works using brilliant color. Though the author's enthusiasm for pastel shines through, it is hard to imagine young artists absorbing this detailed 64 page course by themselves, but it could form the basis of an appealing curriculum in the use of pastels for art teachers in middle or high schools. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560108016
  • Publisher: Foster, Walter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Artist's Library Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 597,089
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Marla Baggetta has been a self-employed, professional artist since 1983. She currently lives in Oregon and holds painting workshops.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Tools and Materials 4
Color Theory 6
Pastel Techniques 8
Approaching a Painting 12
Lesson 1 Composing Landscapes 14
Lesson 2 Setting Up a Still Life 18
Lesson 3 Creating Depth 22
Lesson 4 Using Photo References 26
Lesson 5 Depicting Clouds and Skyscapes 30
Lesson 6 Working with White 34
Lesson 7 Focusing on Flowers 38
Lesson 8 Conveying Light and Shadow 42
Lesson 9 Rendering Animals 46
Lesson 10 Painting a Self-Portrait 50
Lesson 11 Expressing a Theme 54
Lesson 12 Taking Artistic License 60
Conclusion 64
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