is an updated guide to what to do with those colorful sticks
you see in art shops. They are for painting, but are not like
paint; instead they come in a variety of different types,
each with its own special characteristics. Read all about
it in this handy guide for artists.
As it says on the back cover, this book “encourages
artists to discover and develop their pastel painting skills.”
In other words, this is a guide to pastels aimed at the artist
who has gained their experience in other media and wants to
branch out. It is not a beginners’ guide and, although
there are a few “demonstrations” to read through,
you won’t find projects with staged photographic steps.
Find out what each pastel type does and all about suitable
papers and other materials. Learn about the different ways
of using pastels and the effects each are capable of, plus
how to use them in conjunction with other art media.
of the book looks at themes for pictures, each subject being
a gallery of work with explanations about how effects were
produced. Most subjects are covered, from portraits of people
and animals to landscapes, buildings, water and still life
but not abstracts. Each of the six sections here has a demonstration
by a variety of artists showing how they worked through a
picture. To get the most out of this book it helps to be experienced
already and thus be able to master a new medium without a
cannot find a good range of pastels and art materials locally
try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.