OK Pastel Pencils!!! I did run to the studio and bring my portrait and new pastel pencils home with me to work on. It was weird to be back home working on the kitchen table again, but I'll be doing the same thing during Christmas break which starts on Wednesday.
I am really enjoying the pastel pencils. Although I am a little frustrated by the limited set of 60 (the largest set the Faber Castell Pitt pencils come in). It is making me have to mix some interesting colors and is creating a bit more vibrant of a portrait than usual. I've decided to leave it that vibrant until closer to the end; then I can use complements to knock them back a bit if I choose. Or I may just like it being more colorful.
I'm working in the same method that I use for regular colored pencils. The differences seem to be that I can layer even more layers on the sanded paper (Fisher 400). The regular colored pencils eventually gum up and can turn a bit shiny in places. The pastel pencils just keep on going right over themselves without any changes in looks. I wonder if being used to having to limit my layers will be helpful with pastels? The other difference I noticed is that the end effect is "thicker" - that is the only way I can think to describe it. My husband doesn't like the different look in the finish, but I don't mind it at all. Actually I've always liked the way pastel paintings looked.