Pastel colouring for beginners


Texture actually adds beautiful layers to a painting/sketch. Pastels are the perfect way to add texture to your sketch. The beauty of this method is that you get to add depth to your painting, which makes your art come to life.

Here are 8 tips on using pastel colouring for your sketch:

1. Colour of the surface matters:

Different surfaces have different colours and the colour you choose creates the base for your entire painting. You can pick a colour that forms the ‘background’ which will show throughout the painting, resulting in visible harmony and balance in the overall look. Choosing a combination of colours that are contrasts adds excitement and energy to your painting.

2. When your surface allows it, rework:

While soft pastels fill the grain of the tooth rather quickly, one of the advantages of colouring on sanded surfaces is that it can be erased and reworked.

3. Make use of the eraser:

You can make use of the eraser to create many different effects in your colouring patterns, depending on the paper you are using. But the eraser may become black quickly, so it’s always a good idea to scrub them briskly on a rough surface to be able to use that section again.

4. Working on a wet painting:

Colouring with soft pastels on a painting that is still wet can actually yield surprises. Wet pigments have a mind of their own, often creating interesting patterns across the landscape of your painting.

5. Using thumbnails for experimentation:

Trying to copy a thumbnail into your art can be an interesting and challenging experiment.

6. Use a viewfinder:

With the help of a viewfinder, divide the picture in four quadrants and try and re-create each quadrant in details, separately. This way, you can draw out various elements of the picture and also practice colouring the details.

7. Plan it:

Strategize your plan of action and then follow through the plan. Don’t make impulsive decisions. When you plan your course, you will get a great painting with good composition, strong values and under-painting.

8. Select your subject carefully:

Only make use of the photos to remind you of the elements you would like to include in your painting. It is not to be used to feel obligated to colour everything in the picture. You will only need to use it to be reminded of what elements of the photo you wanted to focus on.

Did you find our article helpful? Do let us know in the comments section. Also, find a wide range of pastels to colour with here.

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