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Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

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Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby PogArt » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:13 pm

Hi dear friends.
I've started new pastel drawing that I'd like to share with you.
I've chosen for my second drawing in pastels the kit of Polar Fox...
I'm not happy with the background, because I've started it incorrectly, willing to put too many details as on main photo...
Soon it becomes overwhelming the subject and distracting focus...
Thus I've blurred it, but the colours remains too powerful yet.
I'll try to dim the colours later on, if I'm not ruin all the drawing?
Now I'm focusing on the kit ;)
I hope you appreciate my effort to learn new media.
Thank you ;)

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Stabilo CarbOthello pastels
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Re: Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby Laurene » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:02 pm

It already looks so promising Arthur. You chose a very endearing subject!
I have a question though. I see you used quite a bright yellow on the muzzle, neck and left ear - all those areas that look white in your reference. I had read that pastels are opaque, but clearly you're planning for some of the yellow to show through the white. Can you explain how you will use the yellow underpainting? Will you use pastel pencil for the white or a softer form of pastel?

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Re: Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby PogArt » Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:07 pm

Hi Laurene ;)
The yellow is there ,because I were willing my white areas of fur to be brighter Laurene...
But as soon as I started making first of white strokes over yellow, I realised my white are invisible ;)
I think choosing yellow wasn't any good...
So next I have covered all yellow areas with grey to help my whites be visible ;)
As you see, I'm learning as I go ;)
So I think the yellow as an underlay wasn't good idea in this case ;)
Thank you for asking this question Laurene ;)
Next update coming soon ;)
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Re: Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby Laurene » Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:59 pm

That makes sense to me too. I've done a little watercolour and I've used a pale yellow undercoat to bring out brighter colours like sienna. It sounds like you found a solution though which is great because it means that pastels can be forgiving.
Looking forward to an update!

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Re: Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby PogArt » Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:24 am

I think they very forgiving ;)
The left side previously were drawn to match the ref photo... All the strands, grass, bush...
At the end, when I looked at it, I got scared what I've done!
Nothing there were making any sense to me...
I've blended it all together!
I got rid of the whole area I didn't like ;)
Then I've started once again drawing over it the grass, that I thought I can draw nicer, and with more sense to my understanding of the grass shape...
I'm planning to get rid of the top background too...
It's because at the first place, it was suppose to be kind of copy of the ref photo, but very soon I realised, I just can't copy the whole grass and other plants exactly as I see them on picture...
So I don't like the way you can see it now...
It weren't meant to be this way ;)
Anyway wait please for update...
The drawing you can see now was made about week ago.
Something has happened with my mobilephone...
I am unable to post any pictures by my mobilephone...?
So to post recent progress on TDF I have to use every time my computer...
So please be patient...
I've got very bad shifts this week and I'm not drawing ;(
Morning too short to start anything because I'm leaving about 10am every day... When come back it's 9pm...
Tired, and not in focus to sit and start drawing...
I hate duties like those...
They simply ruin my days.
All the best Laurene and thank you for nice talking ;)

PS., Actually I noticed that you can see on this drawing the new grass I've started making up, after I blurred that left side ;) But there is more progress on the kit ;)
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Re: Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby PogArt » Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:55 pm

Hi my friends...
This is another update.
Unfortunately the progress has stuck in one place - the head.
I'm just spending time on details, to make the head look the way I like...
Lots of detailed work on the fur...
Unfortunately it seems that I am unable to fix my silly yellowish underlay ;/
I'm struggling to make it pure white as the white colour is blending with the yellow...
I will live it as it is, I can't fix it ;/
Lesson has been learnt , the hard way ;/
Thank you...
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Re: Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby Laurene » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:38 pm

Great update Arthur! I love the soft detail you're getting in the face.

I'm not an expert in colour, but I wouldn't worry about the yellow tint to the white areas of the face yet. White fur definitely reflects the colours in the environment. You have strong yellows in your background so the yellow in the fur doesn't look out of place to my eye. Maybe it can just be toned down a little with white pastel overlay? Sorry I can't be of more help!!

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Re: Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby PogArt » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:34 pm

You know some , Laurene...
You might be right ;)
The yellow I'm complain about, maybe just not too bad ;)
I've received some advices on FB, to get rid of yellow underlay, make it weaker...
I'll think about those suggestions ;)
Your opinion counts to me Laurene...
Thank you.
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Re: Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby lmweil » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:44 am

Just a suggestion, next time before you reach for the black pastel (nose, eyes, etc), go for the dark blue/green Carbethello - think it is number 460? or something. Get a nice bit of colour under first then build up with the ochre reds THEN if you need to, add some black. That black is just such a dead colour.

But nice work, good colours. The yellow doesn't worry me - but as I always say to myself when I do that sort of thing 'it is only a piece of paper!' :lol:
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Re: Polar Fox-the kit (pastels)

Postby PogArt » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:11 pm

Thank you very much dear Linda !!!
Such advises are priceless...
If you don't know it, then you're using simply black pencil only to draw something black...

Actually I gave up on this fox...
I tried to rework the background, and I just don't like what I've achieved...
I've learn something and that was the main purpose of that drawing.
I'll start some new project soon and will use your tip for drawing black areas for sure ;)

Thank you once more for your time and keen advice Linda ;)
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