Oil Pastel Art – A Zippo Lighter

Zippo Lighter Drawing in Oil Pastels
Oil Pastel Drawing - "Zippo Lighter"

This drawing is a zippo lighter in Oil Pastels. I did this on sand-colored Pastelbord, size 8×10.

It has been mentioned that a reflection within the lighter might have been interesting, and I may eventually decide to do that.  For now, I feel like I’ve moved on from this piece and am ready to work on something else, but I may return to it down the road at some point and see if a reflection can be added.

Overall I’m really pleased with how this turned out.  I enjoy doing pieces that have some reflection within, such as with my Christmas Ornaments still life in Oil Pastels, or my Self Portrait in Conte Crayon.  Somehow I enjoy the play of light and working out how colors may reflect within an object.

Most of the darks in this piece are ultramarine blue, raw umber, and some black mixed in.  I took colors mostly from my growing collection of Sennelier Oil pastels, however for some of the fine details I turned to a few new pieces of Mungyo oil pastels.  I also filled in some of the background with a gray color Mungyo.


Soon I plan to post the series of photos I took while working on this, to demonstrate the techniques involved in creating the drawing.  I would like to do more of an “Oil Pastel Techniques” series here on this blog, so maybe those photos can be a starting point.  But that’s for later, I don’t have the time right now to put that together.


I would like to mention a fantastic book that gave me some inspiration for working on this.
The Pastel Artist’s Handbook is an excellent handbook packed with information, giving techniques and demonstrations for working in pastels. While dedicated mostly to the soft pastels, there is a section on oil pastels, and most of the techniques and information in the book can be applied to any type of pastel.
I picked it up at a nearby Border’s closeout sale, but of course it can be found at Amazon too.


Finally, I tried something a bit new, as far as my environment and materials, while working on this oil pastels drawing. I taped the Pastelbord to an Artist sketch board, which gave me more room to rest my hands and arms while working on the piece. Here is a photo of what I mean:

Artists Sketch board

Doing this also made the piece itself more compatible, so that taking a break meant I could just set the whole sketch board off to the side.

Well it’s time for me to start the next piece! ;-)

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Oil Pastels Flower – “Valentine Rose”

Oil Pastel Flower - Valentine Rose
Oil Pastels Flowers – “Valentine Rose”

More Oil Pastel Flowers!

This oil pastels rose piece was done on 8.5 x 11 Canson Mi Tientes colored paper (black), using Sennelier oil pastels exclusively.

This piece really all came together towards the end. It felt like it wasn’t going right until I got into the detail in the rose petals, and some of the details in the leaves. I struggled with how much detail to put into the leaves. Too much detracted from the rose, yet too little just left something to be desired. I feel like I struck a balance in the end.

The details in the rose petals were a combination of pink, reds, a dark red, light orange, and a touch of yellow. White highlights here and there rounded everything out.

I think that oil pastels really lends itself well to flower drawings such as this. I am working on creating a series of Oil Pastel Flowers so stay tuned and look for more of those in the future!

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Oil Pastels Drawing – “Lazy Sunday”

Oil Pastels Drawing
Oil Pastels Drawing: "Lazy Sunday"

This oil pastels drawing was submitted to The Daily Paintworks Challenge last week.  The challenge is now over but all the entries can be viewed here:  Daily Paintworks Challenge.

I used all Sennelier Oil Pastels for this piece.  It is 6×8 inches on colored Canson Mi Tienes pastel paper.

I had decided that the original photo in the challenge was lacking in enough color, and placed more of the greens and yellows in the reflection on the back trunk of the car.  Overall this drawing is more impressionist and suggestive, rather than an attempt to be realistic and precise.  I felt that this gave the piece more of a mood to it.

Looking back I can see where some areas could have used improvement, for example the detail underneath the car’s round red light.  However given the impressionist nature of the drawing overall, I felt I could just suggest what was going on rather than trying to get too detailed.

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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).

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