This month (August), I am taking part in a Virtual Sketch Date, a blog set up to administer a monthly “sketch date” for artists.
Once a month a group of artists agree to draw from the same reference image for a week. At the end of the week, each artist posts their image on their own blog. What a great way to spur a little action in those who may be dragging.
Be sure to check out the original photograph and the links to all the other cabbage creations at the Virtual Sketch Date blog. Big thanks go out to Rose for organizing this month and Sherrie for providing the reference pic. (What a handsome cabbage!) Such fun to see everyone’s interpretation of the same image!
I decided to pull out the pastels for this quick draw. Though they used to be my medium of choice, I haven’t done much with them for months. It was interesting to get back into the saddle of pastels.
There’s similarities between the two media, yet still world’s apart. Differences are many, some of which are: in pastels I choose from a selection of colors, while in oil I create the colors. With pastels I work with layers of colors, while in oils it’s difficult for me to have layers for there’s not enough time for first layer to dry. My creative process gets tweaked a bit too in that with pastels, I’m more apt to draw with lines, while in oil I block out shapes more. And not to mention that pastels go immediately from the hand to the pigment, while oils have the intermediary of the brush to tend to.
It’s interesting to cross-pollinate the techniques to create the effects I’m looking for.
(As usual, click image, then click again for a closer look.)