“Wet Lips” – Oil Pastel Realism

Oil Pastels Lips Drawing
Oil Pastels Painting – “Wet Lips” 8×10

This oil pastels painting was done as an attempt at realism using oil pastels.  I was inspired by looking through the magnificent artwork of Alyssa Monks, and I decided I wanted to push my artwork further than I have previously attempted.

The piece was done on a white 8×10 Pastelbord (made by Ampersand), with a mix of Sennelier oil pastels and Mungyo student quality oil pastels.  The Mungyos I used mostly for a base layering, although as I worked on it, I went back to the Mungyos here and there, because the skin tone colors of the Mungyo oil pastels were just right for this piece.

There was a lot of flaking with the Mungyos which gave some difficulty in working with.  I somehow managed to either blend in the flakes or wipe them away.  This wasn’t always easy to deal with.  The flakes got to be very messy to try and maneuver around with.  Blending was done mostly with the Sennelier as I would try to rub in the Mungyo flakes and somehow get it to all blend in together.  Clearly, superior products are needed when attempting realism as there is simply little room for error!

Ultimately, I found that I could push myself further with this piece and in the end I am happy with the result.  I think I can take it even farther, though.  Being a first serious attempt at realism with oil pastels, I don’t think it turned out too badly.  I can see where some areas could have been improved, and I can also justify some issues by my continued use of the cheap Mungyo oil pastels.

Next time around I hope to have a wider variety of Sennelier oil pastels to work with.  I also feel I have a better understanding of layering of colors and with the medium itself.

To end this post, I took a picture for fun, of most of the oil pastels I used to create this piece with:

Oil Pastels
Mix of various oil pastels

Feel free to leave comments and opinions about this piece using the Comments Form below.

– Eric

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10 thoughts on ““Wet Lips” – Oil Pastel Realism

  1. EXQUISITE!!!! AWESOME!!! AMAZING!!!! You have created a piece that is every bit as good as the work done by the artist who inspired you … you are an incredible artist!!!!

  2. i love your work! i have worked mainly in paint. but with oil pastels how do you get them to dry and not smug?

  3. I love working in oil pastels. Yours are lovely. I especiallly like the first portraite and of course the licking lips. Thank you for sharing. I will try to set up a web site soon and share my experiences. Diane

  4. Great job Eric. This is great, I have just started doing oil pastels yesterday. I never knew they existed until then. I love their ability to blend but I’m not too good with them just yet. I was hoping there would be some tips a pro like you could share with me?

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