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Information about Pastel landscapes

Published on February 19, 2014

Author: TheVirtualInstructor

Source: slideshare.net

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Pastel Landscapes Harmony, Unity, and Atmospheric Perspective TheVirtualInstructor.com

Part One Using Pastels TheVirtualInstructor.com

Soft pastels consist of a pigmented powder held together by a binder. Pastels typically are produced in stick form. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Hard pastels are similar to soft pastels, but feature a higher binder to pigment ratio making them harder and less powdery. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Pastel drawings are often referred to as “paintings” because colors can mixed and layered in a similar manner to a painting. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Pastels can be applied to a surface using a variety of different methods. Three popular techniques include blending, scumbling, and feathering. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Blending is used to smooth transitions between colors and values. A finger, blending stumps, or cotton swabs can be used for blending. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Scumbling is the process of applying light, but opaque layers of pastel on the surface. Underlying colors of surface texture will show through creating optical color mixing effects. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Feathering is a process of adding pastel to a surface with opaque linear marks. This technique will also result in optical color mixing. TheVirtualInstructor.com

No matter which method is used, pastels should be layered to achieve depth of color. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Part Two Atmospheric Perspective and Constructing a Landscape TheVirtualInstructor.com

Atmospheric perspective refers to the illusion space that is created in an image that results from the use of lighter and cooler colors in areas that are further from the viewer. TheVirtualInstructor.com

You may recall how this effect was discussed in the unit on “space”. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Notice how the illusion of space is created simply though the use of color and value. TheVirtualInstructor.com

When landscapes are approached with pastels, it is advisable to complete the drawing in a specific order. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Since pastels can be layered, the artist may choose to start with the background, completing this area first. TheVirtualInstructor.com

With background complete, the middle ground can be addressed. TheVirtualInstructor.com

Lastly, the foreground can be added. Each area in the landscape overlaps the previous one. TheVirtualInstructor.com

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