My latest oil pastels art … a ladybug drawing for Drawing 2 class. The assignment was to draw a bug, really up close, using oil pastels. I wish I could post some of the pieces that others did for class too. Several of them were amazing! This one turned out pretty good, I think. I am pleased with how the reflection and shininess worked out, and the water drops seem fairly realistic.
This time I used mostly Sennelier oil pastels. A few Cray-Pas Expressionist were used for coloring in major areas, also some black from that set. But I think from now on I’ll be using Senneliers for the majority of my artwork in oil pastels. They’re richer, blend better, and I also am noticing they actually stick to the paper better.
I didn’t do anything for a background. The green is 100% from the toned paper (Canson Meintes).
On Saturday, I won an award at TCC’s 38th Annual Student Art Show. The award was in the drawing category, specifically, the Tidewater Art Alliance and One Eleven Art Award of Excellence in Drawing.
It was a tremendous honor to be selected as an award winner. There were some seriously amazing pieces by all the students in the show, and some of my personal favorites there did not take any awards (which made it an extra honor for me). It came down to judge Nicole McCormick Santiago’s personal tastes and choices, and as she mentioned during the show – if it had been another judge, there would very likely have been a different list of award winners entirely.
I did these in 2009 while learning how to use oil pastels in art school. I find oil pastels are so much fun to work with — if you have artist-quality pastels! Otherwise, it can really be frustrating and even hamper development of the piece.
The base colors here are done with Cray-Pas Expressionist, which are so-so quality in my opinion. I used Sennelier oil pastels in white almost exclusively for the white areas of the flowers. Also added Senneliers for greens reds and some yellows.