Pastel drawings

     I practice a drawing technique that was inspired by my teacher Alvin Gittins.  I use Crescent off white museum board and Nupastel sticks.  Most of the drawings are 40x32". 

 

     I begin to draw very lightly at first.  I draw with the side of the sticks and hold the sticks like a baton.  This lays down a nice texture and also keeps the ends of the sticks nicely pointed to use on details and short curves.  I pull out white highlights using a kneaded eraser.  I do a great deal of rubbing using the sides of my fingers and my knuckles.  I also use an old oil bristle brush for blending.  While the pastels look fairly monochromatic, I actually use three or four different colors.