My friend, Evelyn Chin, commissioned me to do a portrait of her cat that she loves and this is the result. I bought a complete set of Prismacolor Nupastel pastels
and acomplete set of Carb-Othello pastel pencils especially for this commission and it was great fun to work with these new materials.
After doing an underdrawing in soft vine charcoal, I finished with pastel in the next sitting. I worked with the pastel pencils first and gradually worked with the Nupastels. Generally I was working from harder material to softer material*. I could have continued with softer pastels as I also have a complete set of Rembrandt soft pastels which I’ve owned for many years, but I felt enough is enough, sometimes less is truly more, I wanted it to have some degree of spontaneity to it and I’m happy with the results that I got working with pastels fairly quickly.
*Working from harder to softer was something I picked up from Daniel Green’s book Pastel – A Comprehensive Guide to Pastel Painting.