Drawing using oil pastels is a fun activity. However, some people avoid it because oil pastels can get dirty. If you want to learn how to use it, follow the tips in this article and you will soon be creating beautiful works of art!
Step 1. Select the subject you want to draw and how big the image you want to make
Start with an easy subject, like a dog, a house, or a lake if you're a beginner. If you want something more challenging, choose a more difficult subject, like people or landscapes.
Step 2. Once you have selected the subject, take the drawing paper
Depending on the size of the image you are going to make, choose paper that fits the size of the image without leaving too much or too little white space remaining.
Once you've done that, think about the base color or texture of the paper. This is optional, but good artists can use a variety of basic colors and textures to create effects in their images.
- Also consider the thickness of the paper. Thick paper is recommended because you have to press hard when using oil pastels. Thin paper may tear under pressure. There are various types of paper. So, try to choose the best paper for your target.
Step 3. Take the two sheets of paper you have selected:
one for experimentation and one for your work. On the test paper, draw something small. Don't draw too much detail, this is just an experiment. This process will help you get used to the paper and oil pastels you will be using to start your art.
Step 4. Sketch the subject on the paper you will use to create your work
Draw the sketch in pencil so you can erase it if you make a mistake. Don't think about the details. Details don't really matter right now, but in the end, they will make your work even more beautiful! So, try adding details at the end!
Step 5. Add color to your image using oil pastels
Plan your color scheme and which areas you will mix color in. Start by outlining the colors and as you finish, add details.
Step 6. Add a color layer to mix the colors
Also, try mixing the colors with your fingers or another tool to blend the oil pastels. Using a finger is the recommended method.
Step 7. Have fun
Drawing with oil pastels can be difficult, but you can still have fun! Don't think that if you fail, you will never be able to make art. Remember that this is your first try and everyone needs practice to be good at something.
Step 8. Done
- Always wash your hands after using oil pastels because your hands will get sticky when you get oil pastel residue.
- Make sure you clean off the oil pastels as stains from other pastel colors can mess up your drawing.
- Be creative and find your artistic soul! Don't be afraid to break the "rules" of art to find your creativity!
- Wash your hands between each review.
- Drawing using oil pastels is not easy. So you have to practice often.
- It's better if you draw in a quiet place and nothing distracts you.
- Your drawing area must have adequate lighting.
- Make sure you wash your hands after one color review or you can have a damp cloth nearby to clean your hands.
- You can also review pastels using paper (butts), not fingers. This will keep your work cleaner and you won't have to wash your hands every time you make a review (which can be really annoying when your workplace is far from the sink).
- You can make outlines on the image to make it look better and neater.