Steve Kidd Art

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There’s a couple of ‘firsts’ for this drawing.

It’s my first ever drawing with pastels, my lovely wife bought me a set of Stabilo Carbothellos for my birthday so I was keen to give them a go.

I really like the way they lay the colour down and blend. The fact you can lay one colour on top of another to some extent is something I’ve never experienced with any other medium so I’m quite looking forward to the possibilities here.

They really smudge which is a double-edged sword depending on if that’s what you want or not… In reality smudge=blend ๐Ÿคจ This is great if you want to blend, not so great if you want the picture to last more than ten minutes and also if you forget and rub your hand against it. I think I’ll need to get me some fixative.

The other first is that I started off looking at a YouTube tutorial (The Virtual Instructor) for the picture.

I didn’t want to put any of the thought process into creating the picture itself but wanted to concentrate on how to handle pastels as a complete newbie.

I found it a bit frustrating that whilst certain bits were pointed out well, in the intervening steps there were other unrecorded changes going on to the drawing, whole bits of detail or changes would suddenly appear.

I’d imagine that if you were new to drawing and wanted to try it as a beginner it’d be easy to miss the undescribed extras and end up with a result nothing like that on screen and ultimately disappointed. After a few minutes in I just decided to skip to the end and just copy(ish) the finished bird using my own interpretation. As said it was really just a quick way to focus on how to handle pastels.

Bird, bird. Bird is the word.

If you hated my last post (abstract nonsense) then hopefully this will set your mind at rest that I haven’t lost the plot entirely ๐Ÿ˜

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