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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Beginings of a dog portrait





I've decided to use pastel pencils on sandpaper for my portrait of Shayli. I've been wanting to try out a new paper I purchased last winter called UArt pastel sandpaper, 800 grit. So far so good but I'm finding myself forever sharpening my pencils to keep a fine point!

10 comments:

  1. Colette that is just lovely and although I have never tried pastel pencils or sandpaper it does look like a really interesting effect. I can hardly wait for the future posts...
    Tina

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  2. Thank you Tina! I hope I can get it finished before I leave for holidays next week but we'll see!

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  3. I can't wait to see this done! What type of pastel pencils do you use?

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  4. Oh Colette...you'll love this paper. I use prismas on this 800 paper and yes, there is a lot of sharpening but I find it more forgiving than Stonehenge because I can apply more layers. Have fun!

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  5. Krista, I appreciate your comments!I'm using Pitt pastel as well as carbothello and also a bit of verithin Prisma's.

    Diana, once I finish this piece, I actually want to try my prismas on the UArt. I love it so far and it seems to be able to take many layers.

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  6. Oh this is going to be lovely. I like the fur you have already.

    I have some sanded paper. I don't seem to get on with it too well although I have only used Colorpencils on it and it just eats the pencils. Maybe I could try out some pastel pencils.

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  7. Thanks Doreen! If you think colored pencils grind down on sandpaper, pastels are even worse being so much softer. I keep sharpening and try to avoid too much pressure to keep the point sharp longer.

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  8. Colette which do you find better the pitts or the carbothellos?

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  9. Hum, that's tough...I use both primarily for the range of color I get out of both sets so I have no preference really except for finding the color I need.

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  10. Wow it is it looking great so far. You have such a gift with the pastels

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