In the past week, I’ve been sketching with Pitt Pastel Pencils by Faber Castell. And it’s been a lot of fun to try a medium that I generally avoid because I’m a messy sketcher and do not like smudges!
I was given a 24-set of the Pitt Pastel Pencils in the mystery box of art supplies sent to me by Faber Castell Australia. Aside: If you are in Australia there is still time to enter the #Colour4Life competition which has amazing prizes – find out more here.
One of the things about Faber Castell products which I love is their colour indexing system so this means that even though I’m using a brand new medium I’m already familiar with the colours making it much easier to use straightaway. These are the colours in the 24 set.
BTW I have not photoshopped out any smudges so these images are a good record of what the pastel work looks like in my current sketchbook. I separate the most recently completed pages with a few sheets of card, spray the sketches with a few coats of Spectrafix non-toxic fixative (which helps a little) and then just accept the result after that!
And then I did a few sketches in my local area trying a few different techniques.
I really enjoyed doing these and it’s so much fun to be able to easily soften areas (yes! I’m starting to get used to smudges!)
I would love to hear from any of you (in the comment section below) who use pastel or pastel pencils for sketching. Note: I’m interested in sketching – not pastel painting. 🙂
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