Where to start?
It is early days for my pastel art journey. I consider myself a complete novice when it comes to working with pastels, especially soft pastel, there´s so much to learn but I´m really looking forward to it.
I work fulltime in completely different lines of business; drawing has been my dearest hobby since childhood. My first love was (when it comes to drawing tools…) graphite pencils. The second phase came when I realised that I needed more depth, more contrast and so charcoal pencils were the next step to take. At some point I had an epiphany that using coloured, tanned paper brought more life to my drawings. They really popped out and it was like a new world! Soon I was brave enough to try colours and now I can see that this was like a path that lead me naturally to my true love: pastels. Quite quickly I realised that pastel pencils were “my thing”. The key thing was that it was so easy to use light over dark with them, and for example making fur texture reached a different level.
But now I feel I want to bring something new to my drawing table and I feel a strong attraction to Unison Colour Pastels. It is time to learn how to work with them and I´m so happy I´ve already started!
Funny how things sometimes combine, come together without a bigger plan. I had two things: a perfect reference picture and a will to use ONLY Unison Colour Pastels. Like they were meant to be?! There was only one thing to do: draw it !!!
First a few words about this reference photo. Something that I´m very proud of is I took it myself. It´s a summer memory of my son in the sun having fun. (Gosh, that rhymes!) It´s a few years old, the year was 2017, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted or maybe more, needed to draw it. It had all the elements that would make a great painting, the light was brilliant, the shadows and highlights, and the emotion and motion itself. And of course, the main subject: my son. ♥
An old cliché which is so true, kids grow so fast, you don´t even realise it. My children are used to seeing their mom draw, but I wanted to draw something especially for them, something to remember me by, when I´m long gone. I picture them as adults, in their own home with their own family and a piece of their childhood memory created by their mother hanging on their wall. They would pass it every day, and someday they would stop and take a moment to look at it, swipe it gently, smile and remember that day at the beach and that their mommy loved them so much. (I speak in plural because I´m drawing a similar piece of work of my daughter, taken on that same day, at the same beach as this one.)
I´ve used a lot of pastel pencils and PanPastels, but for some reason I´ve been timid to use soft pastel? I´ve used them in backgrounds but never like this. Even before I started this painting I decided that I was going to use only them, soft pastel. I needed to see what I could do with them! I know there are über-talented artist that can create tiniest details with them, but I was going for a bit of a rougher look, time to be bold with my lines!
The minute I started I could see and feel they were perfect for the job! I was so pleased to see how easy it was to use Unison Colour soft pastels, they blend beautifully and colours are really rich. Now I need to increase my colour variety, the colours are so delicious it feels like going to candy-store! Big credit to these pre-selected sets that Unison Colour provides, my first purchase was Emma Colbert Animal Set, I found it very helpful. Brilliant way to help out beginners!
This painting/drawing I did with these pastels of my son, is my best one yet. I truly think so. I love the colours; they are so pure and bright. So glad I took this step, I feel I have developed as an artist. Thank you Unison Colour, looking forward with great enthusiasm how much more I can improve my art with you!