Why use Pastels?

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Drawing, Pastels | 1 comment

drawing with pastelsWhen they are just starting out, some artists have difficulty isolating which medium would best represent their goals for a piece. There are many to choose from, each with their own benefits and disadvantages. Today, we’ll examine pastels.

Like paints, pastels are made from pigments attached to binding chemicals, but they are special because the amount of binder they need is much lower than other mediums. This gives them vibrant colors that are hard to accomplish in other mediums.

There are many benefits to using pastels. They are not as expensive as colored pencils, and are more portable than paints and brushes. They can vary in hardness depending on the type of pastel and the brand. Harder pastels will draw edges better and be easier to create details with, while soft pastels have higher pigment concentration.

However, pastels do have a few drawbacks. Primarily, a finished work must be glazed, otherwise it may smudge when it’s dusted later. The actual pastels themselves are often brittle and break easily, so it’s important to be careful when transporting them.

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