Saturday, November 18, 2006

Challenge 93 Eggs with Carton

Thanks to Casey from EDM, I got excited about trying pastels again. Dragged out some pastel pencils and found a sheet of charcoal paper, and purchased brown eggs. The color of the eggs is so wonderful, a cross between sienna and ochre, yummy. However, I remember now why I don't work with these much, the pencils need to be sharpened with an exacto knife, and you just can't get a good point, mostly the pigment drops off in the middle of a sharpen, and you get to start all over carving wood. Then you've got this coarse, chunky stump of color to work with, and the work is crude at best. The upside is the wow color you can get with the pastels. Anyone ever found a good way to sharpen these, beside using sand paper and blade?

7 comments:

Casey said...

These are absolutely beautiful. I really like the other work you've posted as well. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I cn't answer your questions...but I'm amazed with the results. Very nice work.

shirley said...

Love your eggs and carton! And your oils and life drawing sketches are a pleasure to see! I certainly didn't see your areas of difficulty until you pointed them out - I was looking at the entire sketch and loving them!

Anonymous said...

Love these eggs in the carton! If you hear about how to best sharpen the pastel pencils, be sure to let us all know! ;-D (I just use a hand held pencil sharpener veeeerrrryyyy carefully...and still do a lot of breaking!)

Kay Cox said...

These eggs are beautiful...makes me want to buy brown eggs from now on. A lovely, lovely drawing with the pencils.

AnastasiaC said...

wonderful eggs! great neutral shades

Anonymous said...

Your drawing is lovely. Don't know that I would have the patience with the pastel sharpening. But I agree, the colors are WOW!

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