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 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 Thank you again! Hope you like it and find it helpful. Good luck with drawing!
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.
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.
You're awesome, thanks for this! I've always wanted to try this technique...And your tut was very instructive and simple! Used here. [link] I didn't have the materials mentioned, like the black canson paper and soft pencil pastels.(the ones I have can't sharpen)...but I think it worked out OK.