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This is day one, my first sketch. I haven’t used oil pastel since elementary school and it was more challenging than I remember. I quickly realized a few important things about this tricky medium:
- The fineness of a line made in oil pastel is comparable to drawing with your thumbprint.
- Oil pastel smears, but not as easily as I thought. Blending was more difficult than I had hoped and therefore something to leave alone for now. (Especially because of number 3 below…)
- The colors get muddy when placed on top of each other.
- White just blends when placed atop other colors, it does not highlight like I presumed.
- Using firm pressure and bold strokes gives VERY pleasing effects and feels wonderfully buttery when drawing.
- On the contrary, light pressure feels gritty or sandy and making marks this way is almost repulsive to my sense of touch.
Sketching my table top is probably going to be a repeated subject matter as I am limited for time. My sketch time generally falls into nap time when both my kids are [hopefully] sleeping. But I also share nap time with laundry, dish duty, sweeping, yard work, cleaning up the storm of lunch, etc. So…sometimes I have merely minutes to get some color down on paper.