Normally when I’m using pastels, I start with Cretacolor’s Chunky Charcoals and then add extra color with NuPastels. I wanted to have a “change of pace” so this week I started with the NuPastels. They are narrower sticks and have a slightly different feel. For the short poses, in particular, they work up easily using the side of the square stick both for line work and for shading. Another advantage in using the NuPastels is that they produce a bit less dust. Normally when I start with the Chunky Charcoals, by the time the first half-hour of the session is done, I have quite lot of dust on the easel and on the floor (I do use a drop cloth to collect the dust). So it was nice to have a bit less of a mess to start with. We started with our usual pattern of four short (5 minute) poses followed by the longer poses of 15 to 25 minutes each.
Short poses (five minutes each)
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