Oil Pastel for the Serious Beginner

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Watson-Guptill Publications, 2002 - Art - 144 pages
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Oil pastels offer artists a virtually unlimited treasury of creative potential. They’re also considered a safe alternative to soft pastels.Oil Pastel for the Serious Beginnershows both new and veteran artists how to make the most of this fabulous medium. Lessons progress simply and clearly from easy subjects and techniques to the more difficult and complex. First, artists learn how to use oil pastels to create traditional paintings in still life, landscape, and portraiture. Then, they’ll discover 12 experimental techniques that push the medium of oil pastel to its limits—including impasto, etching, washes, and monoprint; stencil and screen techniques; and even methods for combining oil pastel with soft pastel and mixed media. Whether one is an an amateur artist or experienced veteran,Oil Pastel for the Serious Beginneris the ideal one-stop source for mastering this popular medium. • Written by the world’s leading authority on oil pastel • Latest title in the highly successful Serious Beginner series • Book covers traditional as well as experimental techniques
 

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This is a wonderful book which needs to be made available again. I ordered a copy of this for the local library because it is the best of its kind on the subject and young people were getting into oil ... Read full review

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Oil Pastel for the Serious Beginner covers basics of, and several techniques for, oil pastels, including several brands of pastels to try. Chapters cover things like landscape and portraits. There's ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
6
Introduction
8
Materials
11
Choosing Oil Pastels
12
Painting Surfaces
16
Other Useful Materials
18
Still Life
21
Making Basic Marks
22
HalfLength Portrait
78
Figure Studies
84
Female Nude
85
Wash Techniques Using Solvent
91
Oil Pastel Dissolved as a Wash
92
Oil Pastel with Brushedon Solvent
93
Oil Pastel Lifted with Brush
94
Oil Pastel Dipped in Solvent
95

Peaches Still Life
24
Deciding When Your Painting Is Finished
28
Landscape
33
Basic Materials for Location Work
34
Creating Patterns That Suggest Landscape Elements
36
Using Location Reference for Larger Studio Work
44
Farm Landscape
46
Faces and Figures
55
Portraying People
56
Choosing a Suitable Ground
57
Modeling with a Razor or Electric Eraser
59
A Word About Drawing
61
Likeness and Meaning
62
Portraying Children
63
Childs Portrait
64
Props and Backgrounds
66
Portrait in a Formal Setting
67
Skin Tone
72
TimePhased Portraits
74
Oil Pastel Over Solvent Wash
96
Mixed Media Oil Pastel Plus
105
Oil Pastel with Watersoluble Oil Paint
106
Oil Pastel with Oil Paint
107
Oil Pastel with Acrylic
108
Oil Pastel with Watercolor
109
Oil Pastel with Gouache
110
Oil Pastel with Collage
111
MixedMedia Still Life
112
Oil Pastel with Other Pastel Forms
118
Mixed Pastel Bouquet
122
Printmaking Using Oil Pastel with Solvent
129
Portrait Plate and Print
130
Afterword
135
Framing and Shipping Tips
136
About the Author
141
Resources
142
Index
143
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

John Elliot wrote the first-ever article on how to use oil pastels for American Artist magazine in 1983. He has work in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian/ National Collection of Fine Arts. His commissions include works for Ronald Reagan and Katharine Hepburn. He lives in Upper Nyack, New York.

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