Getting into the World of Oil Pastel Art
There are many passionate souls who want to learn oil pastel painting and if you are one of them, then you can come and take a tour of this blog to learn everything about oil pastel paintings.
To start with, you’ll require a sturdy and thick well-textured paper, Oil pastel crayons, A little vegetable or baby oil, Cotton swabs, You might also keep some sketch pens, dark lead pencils and water colours.
Steps to be Followed
- Decide upon a subject you’d like to draw and plan out the size of the image. If you are a beginner then start with a simple and easy subject. It might be anything like a basic animal, a flower, the sun, moon or a house.
2. After you are over with selecting the subject. Take care of the paper size. It should fit the subject perfectly, as too much blank space or too little empty space can both ruin the look of the painting.
3. Make sure that the sheet which you’ve chosen isn’t too thin, otherwise, the crayons might dig in through it and tear it up.
4. It is always better if you take two sheets of paper, one for testing purpose and the other one for the final composition. Draw something for practice on the testing paper. It will help you a lot in getting used to the texture of the paper and the pastel colours.
5. Next, it is important that you lightly sketch the outlines of your drawing or subject using a pencil. This will make the process easier for you.
6. It’ll be better if you make sure to add some little minute and intricate details. These small details will add to the liveliness of the painting. You can also add these details at the very end after you’re finished with the drawing.
7. Plan out the colour schemes. You need to decide which all areas are to be filled with the colours and start filling these colours roughly. Keep adding more colours as you go along with the drawing.
8. Blend these pastel colours with your fingers or a Q-tip. You might dip an earbud or a Q-tip inside the baby/vegetable oil and move it over the coloured portions to blend them more finely.
9.Drawing with oil pastels usually gets a little difficult in the beginning but the entire process will be a lot of fun. With time, patience and practice, you’ll improve your skills and master it like a professional.
As you become more and more efficient you can take up complex subjects like complicated landscapes, human or animal figures, complex bird structures, instruments, abstract art etc. Oil pastel has become a much-preferred option for painting. As it’s easier, creates no mess and can be mastered quite easily by anyone and everyone.