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Information about Pastel landscapes

Published on February 19, 2014

Author: TheVirtualInstructor


Pastel Landscapes Harmony, Unity, and Atmospheric Perspective

Part One Using Pastels

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Part Two Atmospheric Perspective and Constructing a Landscape

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.

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

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

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

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

With background complete, the middle ground can be addressed.

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

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