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Choosing Pastels for Beginners

Currently, the enthusiasm for creativity is gaining momentum: there are more and more art shops, and materials are more accessible. In the article we briefly consider the types of pastels and their properties.
Probably all of us, when we were children, drew albums with colored pencils, drew crayons on asphalt. So pastels are almost the same crayons, but more complex and interesting.

Types of Pastels
The pastel is divided into four types:

dry
oil;
watercolor;
wax.The most common are dry and oil pastels.

Crayons or pencils?

Pastels can be sold in the form of pencils or crayons. Pastel pencils are more convenient to use: when working, a dense wooden case prevents hands from getting dirty. Wood protects the fragile structure of the pastel, preventing brittleness. In addition, the use of pencils makes it possible to draw more precise and thin lines.

Pastel crayons are more whimsical. They must be stored in a box with separate cells. When touched, the colors can mix, which is not very convenient: you have to clean the crayons so that the colors of the picture are juicy. Crayons perform large-scale paintings. And the accuracy and harmony of the drawing gives the graceful, thin lines of a well-sharpened pencil.

What type of pastels to choose
It is impossible to compare oil and dry pastels. These are fundamentally different materials for the application technique and the final result.

Oil pastel is based on an oil binder. It is characterized by rich colors and soft strokes. When applying such material to paper, it is rubbed into the texture until a smooth layer is formed. Colors mix perfectly, forming a harmonious and vibrant plot. To work with the oil structure does not require additional tools, which can not be said about dry.

Dry pastels are capricious and picky. When working with it, it is necessary to take into account the volatility of the applied material. Dust is formed on the surface of the sheet, which is easily blown away (by breathing, by a fan, etc.). You need to work carefully.

The color scheme of dry pastels is more transparent and airy. From her came the name pastel colors. Of course, it all depends on the manufacturer’s company, but as a rule, a light and transparent picture is obtained. For work, you will need additional tools, for example, cotton pads. They will help with shading the drawing. You can use cotton buds to blend small items. Well, for those who are confident in themselves, a special fixing pencil is required. By hatching a fragment of the image with it, you can avoid overwriting it. However, after applying such a protective tool, it will be impossible to edit part of the figure.

For beginning artists, the choice of the manufacturer is not fundamental. The main thing is to choose material to your liking, so that creativity brings joy!

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