soft pastels have changed my life...
Literally lol. Everything I've done in color has always been in color pencil, and if you use color pencil then you know how difficult it is to shade large spaces and create smooth backgrounds. (see below lmao)
It took me hours to do that, and of course it will never look as smooth as paint or marker no matter how much I blended it. And I blended it A LOT.
Anywho, now that I've been dabbling in pastels, I'm able to create backgrounds for my images so that they don't look so boring and plain. And it honestly looks like I painted it. I just can't get over how easy pastels are. I recently bought some knives to spread it with, but I've been just fine using my only my finger to spread and blend the pastel. I've been using the Derwent pastel pencils for the smaller stuff. And I just purchased some Prismacolor (my peoples!) Nu Pastels yesterday and used them for the background on this piece I've been working on for the past couple weeks:
I haven't finished it yet, but I can already see the difference in the Prismacolor sticks and the Derwent pencils. The sticks are so much more pigmented and go on even smoother and softer than the pencils. They lay thicker, so it's also easier to go over them with color pencil if I have to. Please discard those rose petals that I f*cked up. Yes. Those are rose petals. Lmao.
I'm hoping to finish this piece TONIGHT. If I do, I'll have the video up on youtube in the wee hours of the morning :)