Testing Oil Pastels for New DrawingJune 20, 2016
I wanted to do some testing on the surface of the new drawing to see if my method was going to work the way I expected it to. I used a 2″ strip along the outer edge of the drawing as my work area.
I quickly see that the tone of the paper is not dark enough for the white pastel to show up as intended, so I use some Liquitex acrylic ink, neutral gray #5, to make it darker. The black oil pastel I’m using is my own, made with charcoal. The white oil pastel only brings up the ink value slightly, and gives a bluish tone, which I still think I can use, but it’s not as bright as I’d like to go. Since the paper has been sprayed with a coat of shellac primer, I can scratch through the ink to the paper below, which is a shade brighter. The bluish tone could give me a nice penumbra transition between white and gray.
The next idea I had was to test using graphite as my gray undertone instead of ink. This would keep everything in a dry media texture. I was able to easily scratch through the graphite to the paper below, but when I drew across it with a white pastel, the pencil lines got darker. That is not an effect I want. I’ll have to sit on this for awhile to decide which way to go.