Ladybug drawing in oil pastels

Ladybug drawing in Oil Pastels
Ladybug drawing in Oil Pastels

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).

I have listed this piece for sale at ArtWanted.

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21 thoughts on “Ladybug drawing in oil pastels

  1. The water spot is amazing. That is superb technique. Feel free to use my photography anytime if you want to base some artwork on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~ Kristi

    1. Wow, thanks Kristi! I would love to use some of your photos. I’ll be in touch on that (some time after school semester ends!). Thanks for the comments I appreciate it. – Eric

  2. You’re welcome. I’d love to see some of my photography translated to real art. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~ Kristi

    Ps. I don’t see the Commentluv checkbox. It has been working for me on other sites though.

  3. I like to see how you are using the oil pastels… such a soft effect! Really nice…
    Sennelier are my favorite – not to mention are the most butteriest on the market! I do occasional oil pastel renderings but with more texture. How do you achieve such a smooth finish? Mineral spirits?

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    1. Hi Jennifer, thanks for the comment!

      Indeed Senneliers are my favorite as well. I have yet to try anything like using mineral spirits though. I suppose the smooth finish is more a result of choice of paper.

      I just visited your blog briefly – nice work. I love your Road to Lilliano piece!! Added you to my RSS feed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The thumbnail of this actually looks like a photo, so I guess that is pretty good as I seem to remember pastels are quite chunky.

    Do you have a DeviantArt account? That is another good place to sell art. Some people manage to make a living from it.

  5. Soft yet rich. Awesome! And – lol – I love the way she seems to be looking right at you – half expected her to start talking ๐Ÿ™‚ Animated movie … hmmmm. Keep em coming Eric!


  6. This is such a great piece Eric! I loved ladybugs as a child – there is such a vibrant cuteness to them! And you captured it so uniquely especially with that background paper.

    Now my next question is where is the praying mantis, I would love to see how you did that one ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. @David – somehow this piece came out less ‘chunky’, I think it’s because the Sennelier pastels are really smooth and buttery. I do have a DeviantArt account, which I probably should be making more use of:

    @Bets – thanks! Maybe I should talk to Pixar about creating a new animated ladybug character?

    @Evita – Thank you for the comment. The praying mantis piece just wasn’t working out for me. I may pick it back up again after classes are over. But at the moment that one exists in a pile of unfinished pieces ๐Ÿ™ What can I say – I just wasn’t happy with it!

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  8. Your DeviantArt sketches are impressive. You have a good eye for details. I am always wondering, are your art people naturally gifted at being able to draw things that actually look like what they are of, is it something they have learned or a bit of both?

    When I was a bit younger, I sort of wanted to take the graphical route, but found my calling in programming and other geeky stuff. I always wondered if I would have got good at art if I spent more time doing it. I can generally do a good job on the computer, like my icons, but am pretty bad with a pencil.

    I went to school with two children of a relatively well known artist (Peter Edwards) and both of them were very highly regarded back then and I think are both involved in art now. I don’t know if this was upbringing or something else.

  9. The Deviant Art sketches are quite amazing… thanks for sharing the link, and for the wonderful comment on my dancing post. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~ Kristi

  10. I’m not really an art critic, I only received the link to this post from a friend who thought the picture is great, but for what it’s worth I do want to say the photo is impressive. I really thought it is digital art until I read you used oil colours… It looks amazingly photo-like!

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