Oil pastel painting offers an incredible way to create drawings with very unique and realistic effects. I personally like it because it lets me experiment with colors and shapes. Specially I love how the stippling effect makes it look like you are an impressionism artist.
I have practiced some oil pastel techniques with my little kitty stuffed toy. The first one I tried is the soft blending, here is how it looks like
Then, I continued with the pressure blending techinque. For this purpose I have used a cotton swab. It is important to mention that after each color application I had to clean the pastel color with a paper towel, since colors are very sticky. Here is the result.
For the next two drawings I used the technique which I like the most, that is stippling. In my first attempt I draw separated dots, leaving white spaces between them. For the background I did grading by rows. So, here it is, the first stippling attempt.
The last drawing was made again with stippling technique, but this time I left no blanck spaces between dots and I use the rule of 3. I used three colors: pink, red and orange. I have applied several layers of color, so at the end a thick color layer was obtained. Although I have used a very thin and lightweight paper, it did not suffer any damage. Personally, I like the intensity of the colors in this drawing, they are more vibrant and radiant. Nevertheless, the rule of 3 changed the hue of the pink color that I wanted to have for the cat. So here it is, my last oil pastel drawing.
Oil pastel painting is a versatile and easy-to-use technique that lets you explore different coloring effects. I liked all the techniques I have learned; each has its own allure. I would use the soft blending techinque for a color sketch-like drawing, whenever I look to highlight shapes or movement. When drawing landscapes or nature I would definitely use the stippling technique, since it gives a vibrant effect of colors and has a nice impressionism effect (which I personally feel deeply attracted to). Finally, I would draw something to catch someone else’s attention, for a banner or commercial affiches, the hard blending technique would be my choice.
I think this was a fun lesson about oil pastel techniques. With it I have started to dig more into pastel painting which I find fascinating for its impressive results and the eassiness of the technique. In the future I will show more works made with this awesome technique. Thank you for reading.
Arte des Arte – Fabián Cuétara Guadarrama