….Swarup here, sharing a still life composition with you all. I have used Niji oil pastels for my painting today.
Not all oil pastels are made alike. Although all of them are soft, very few are as buttery and creamy as these! They are simply a pleasure to work with!
If you are new to oil pastels and have never used them before, then you might find them a bit like oil paints, opaque and rich in color, with the same blending abilities.The way these are used are not very different than most dry mediums. These blend easily, but when you layer colors, be careful and go slow. Blend as you go, either with your fingers, tortillions or silicone blenders.
Here is a step by step tutorial of my composition, but this is just scratching the surface of the oil pastel world, you can achieve some wonderful effects and textures with these, give them a try!
Paper with a bit of tooth to it, like rough handmade paper or watercolor paper.
Sketch the tangerines and lay down the colors
Continue to apply color and blend well before you apply the next layer. This helps in achieving a smooth finish.
I gave the tangerines a table to sit on!
And some blue, green vases for company…
If you observe my final framed piece above, I have increased the size of the green vase and reduced the size of the front left tangerine…it’s that easy to correct if you make a mistake or change the design. You could also use linseed oil or baby oil to smooth and blend, but I prefer it dry and simply used my fingers and the blender to do so.
Now, wasn’t that easy?