So for the first time in over 12 years (since this piece I believe
) and I felt like using oil pastels again. I've been inspired by some of the really cool techniques of some of the oil pastel artists on this site, such as:
Unfortunately, as it turns out, oil pastels do in fact expire, or harden up. So I ended up with this:Any ways I can improve on this piece?
My memory of the oil pastels is certainly different to what it felt like using them now. Over 12 years ago when I used these Faber Castell oil pastels they were easy to blend and felt like silk when I applied them to the paper. This time around they didn't feel as vibrant or easy to apply to the paper. Perhaps I should have used up the oil pastels a lot sooner - this is what I get for jumping around from medium to medium
Maybe next time around I shouldn't get Faber Castell pastels? I am seeing a lot of talk about Sennelier ones on Youtube.
Questions for oil pastel artists:
1. Which brand of oil pastels do you recommend?
2. Can you do a layer of cheap oil pastels and then just use the expensive ones on top? Or do the cheap layers on the bottom somehow affect the layers on top? What do cheap pastels mean in terms of long-term achival-ness (Is that even a word? If not what is the right word in this context?)
3. What are some cool techniques with oil pastels you use?
4. I don't want to waste my 12 year old set of oil pastels. Is there a way to revive them at all?
5. Know of any other awesome inspiring oil pastel work? Feel free to put links to them down below!