Sunday, March 1, 2009

Illustration Friday: BREEZY

Listening to the Reds-Yankees spring training game on the radio right now. It sure is breezy in Sarasota, Florida, and every breeze is blowing toward the outfield. Eight home runs so far between the two teams!

I'm playing with oil pastels today because someone guessed in an earlier comment that I was already using them. I usually use dry pastels, but I did use a lot of oil pastels back in high school, so I thought they'd be fun to revisit. Pros: Oil pastels are easier on dry, winter skin. They don't come in pencil form, so they force me to loosen up. They work much better on the "pastel paper" I just bought for fun than do my dry pastels. Cons: They don't come in pencil form, so I have much much less control over my artwork. I can't build up as many layers of color, nor can I smear them with my fingers to blend.

Still, a fun experiment!


  1. very cool technique. Beautiful in it's simplicity.
    (and that's from a Phillies fan).

  2. I love oil pastels, too! They are difficult to control, but somehow, that part of the challenge and what makes it fun, trying to figure out how to proceed and solving the problems that come with the medium. I love the depth, you established and it looks like that batter is out! :)

  3. I just started with oil pastels myself ^_^ It's way different thank soft pastels for sure. But one thing I found out, they do come in pencil form:

    I haven't tried it yet, though I have a walnut hollow set waiting for my neopastels.

  4. josh: coming from a fan of the (world champion) phillies, that's very nice to hear.

    indigine: that batter is most certainly not out! The fielder's extended as far as he'll go. That's a home run.

    marikris: thanks for sharing! I always wondered why they didn't put oil pastels into pencil form. I will definitely have to check these out.

  5. It's always fun to experiment! I like what you did - it has a whole lot of energy. I especially like that you can see the strokes. very nice:)



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