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How to draw with soft pastels on a black paper? by Ilojleen How to draw with soft pastels on a black paper? by Ilojleen

How to draw with soft pastels on a black sheet of paper?

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When I posted my first drawings done in this style, they received a lot of positive feedback. One day I was asked to do a tutorial which would explain how I draw such drawings. Therefore I decided to write it, it is simple as that :aww:
I'm aware that the drawing "Breathe" that I presented in this tutorial isn't as impressive and amazing as I promised that every artwork drawn in this style might be - but it's just a simple and quickly done portrait which was drawn to show you how I draw like that step by step.
Last but not least, it's dedicated to Sekhmets-child and Little-Miss-Living for their help with my imperfect English :cuddle: Thank you again!
Hope you like it and find it helpful. Good luck with drawing! :huggle:

Some of the drawings shown in the tutorial:
Breathe by Ilojleen Hurricane by Ilojleen Imprisoned by Ilojleen

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hamza49 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student
thanks forf sharing, very nice tutorial, do you use  a fixative after finishing? 
Ilojleen Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :blowkiss: No, I don't, but I recommend it, if you have a decent fixative :)
emcorpus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is a very cool tutorial. I was wondering if you would say something about how you photographed these kinds of artworks for reproduction and for display. I'm working on a large piece using a pastel-on-black-paper technique, and would like to document my progress step-by-step. Getting the lighting and focus has been extremely difficult, and even then only partially successful. And then, when your works are done, you have to publish them online for people to view. Thanks again for sharing your techniques, and in advance for answering this question.
Best regards for the new year ahead,
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) I don't take pictures of my finished drawings, I scan them :)
Happy New Year, Ed! :party:
emcorpus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
A happy new year to you, and everyone here! Actually I spent the first few hours of 2014 working pastel-on-black and on this very problem. My scanner can't accommodate any piece much larger than 8-1/2 x 11 inches. The composition I'm working on -- as well as much of the stuff I'll be doing this year -- is much larger, so I have to photograph. This one is 20 x 30 inches. What I did with some success last night is stand up my composition, set up my camera on a tripod so that the lens is as square to composition as possible, use a RAW slow setting and put the shutter on self-timer to click. I took several different shots, and oh yes, no flash. Then I uploaded the whole mess (it does start off looking awful) onto my computer and used Photoshop to adjust the edges and tweak the lighting. The result is in my Scraps gallery. I'm not satisfied, but it's a good start, I think.
AnnePL Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Pytanko. Tym czym robisz szkic to po prostu biała kredka, czy coś w rodzaju ołówka? I najważniejsze. Czy w razie pomyłki można użyć gumki i zmazać to co nie potrzebne?
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Najpierw ołówkiem, a potem pastelem w ołówku. To przecież tutorial o rysowaniu pastelami :D Na moim blogu jest polskojęzyczna wersja, jakby co.
I tak, pastel da się wymazać :)
Andela1998 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for sending me a link to this. It's a great tutorial. very useful. i'll just try out oil pastels instead of soft pastels. I hope it works. :fingerscrossed:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
The pleasure is all mine :aww: Oil pastels might work great with this technique :) have fun :dummy:
jazmocamp Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dominika, Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial with me. This is a great proccess and I am looking forward to giving it a try.
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