The other day I didn't have any canvases to work on because Chris has been so busy with his own work he hasn't had time to build me any, so I decided to do a pastel drawing for the first time in a while. I've talked about the results of that on the blog before. Today I thought it might be interesting for people to see what the process of developing a pastel drawing looks like.
Step I: I gridded the paper then drew in the image then filled it in with the appropriate values: light, medium, dark. At this point it doesn't really matter what colors I choose because they'll ultimately be covered up, but I choose bright yellow because I want what shows through to be bright and bold, and I chose purple and red since they're the hues I'm aiming for in the end product.
Step II: I began to use more accurate colors to depict the body. I used more values here, perhaps 5-6 of them. I kept my strokes broad and loose. I was planning to smooth everything out with my hands once I had more pigment down.
Step III: By this stage, I realized that I was really liking the look of the strokes and the way the different layers show through, so I determined that I would leave them as they are, without blending with my fingers. I think the picture has much more vitality this way.
Final step: I worked to refine the colors and the form then I spent a while on the scar trying to make it look realistic and beautiful and 3 dimensional.