It’s time to get started with oil pastels, but you don’t know where to start? No worries! This blog post will walk you through everything you need to know, and help you become an expert in oil pastel drawing.
We’ll cover the basics of what they are and how they work, as well as some tips for beginners to make sure your drawings come out looking great. You’ll be making beautiful portraits before long!
Oil pastels are very popular among artists because they are easy to use and have vibrant colours. For beginners who want to work on their technique or practice new skills without having to worry about erasing mistakes for them Oil pastels are a great choice.
Key points to remember:
- As you start drawing, it’s important to know what type of paper and oil pastels are best for your project. Oil pastels can be used on a variety of surfaces such as cardboard or canvas boards.
- When using oil pastels on paper make sure that the surface is completely dry before adding more colour so that colours won’t smear together.
- The key thing about this creative medium is blending which takes time and patience but once mastered, provides richly-textured images where all layers gradually merge into one another.
Types of Oil Pastels:
There are two different types of oil pastel: crayons (similar in size and shape), and sticks (more triangular). For beginners, we recommend starting with the crayon variety- their small sizes mean that there is less room for error.
Items you need before drawing with Oil pastels:
Keep the following points in mind:
- Take hard and soft pastels and make sure they are placed on a clean surface.
- Lay out the pastel colours you want to use. You should have at least two or three shades of each colour, but it is up to you how many different colours you will need.
- Use hard pastels for darker areas and soft ones for lighter areas if your drawing.
- Take some blending tools and make sure they are clean.
- When using two colours, never put the darker colour on first because it is too difficult to see where your lighter colour should go.
Step by Step Instructions for Drawing with Oil Pastels:
- Sketching out your design helps with planning ahead of time what colours you’ll need, so that you can make sure not to mix up shades while working. Plus, it’s really fun.
Draw your sketch on the oil pastel paper. Use a black pencil to outline any shapes you want to make. You can do this with a light pencil or graphite drawing, then take an eraser and draw in the lines you want to keep.
When using this technique, it is best to use less pressure when drawing because too much pressure will cause the rest of the colours from rubbing off onto other parts of your work.
- Make the sketch of outline proportions.
- Paint your background with a dark colour and let that dry for at least five minutes before adding any other colours.
- Fill in the first layer of your drawing with a light colour. Use blending techniques to create depth in your drawings initiate with darker a light colour and gradually add darker shades.
- When using a blending technique, do not put too much pressure on your pastels as this can create streaks in your final product.
- Blend colours with your fingers or various shaped tools. Keep in mind that you can also mix different colours together when blending; soft blues mixed with white, for example, will produce a grey colour. Blend for depth and detail with techniques like hatching, crosshatching (using x’s), parallel lines, dots or circles.
- Make sure that you are not adding too many different colours on top of each other, or you will not be able to see the original colours.
- Apply a base coat of pastel to the entire drawing surface, using gentle circular strokes.
- For best results try working from lightest shade (a pure colour) to darkest shades (blend). This is especially true when obtaining gradations between two different colours because they will remain discreet.
The best way for you achieve really bright pastels of colour is by using two basic colours and then adding white or black as needed with each layer.
This will result in more saturated hues without having to worry about putting too many layers on top of one another which can be difficult when working with oil pastel because they are so delicate and easy to break if not handled properly.
Layer of your drawing with light colour and let it dry. Add more layers, blending colours as you go for rich tones. When the entire drawing is painted, let it dry for at least an hour before touching it or adding anything else to the surface.
Finally, once your drawing is complete and dry, you can seal it with a spray fixative. This will ensure that the pastels won’t smudge or fade over time.
Take time to step back, admire your work, and do not forget to sign it!