My process in pastels:
I do detailed under paintings for each pastel which deepen and enrich the finished look of the work. I start with a light charcoal sketch. Then I block out areas of the design with corresponding pastels to create light and shadow. Colors are sealed with rubbing alcohol and pastels are then laid on top to complete the art work. Shadows are done first and highlights added last. Pastels can be laid on with many different types of strokes. I work with rich soft pastels in combination with hard pastels and pastel pencils. I prefer premium sanded paper as the tooth of the paper holds the color effectively. I spray a light fixative on the finished painting, so your pastel will never fade and the powder will not move. Modern pastels are just as durable as oil paintings.
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