Updated: May 26
If you’ve been checking out my Instagram lately, you’ll notice that I’ve posted up a few art pieces I’ve decided to create. That’s right, your girl Feather is getting into that whole pastel silhouette style of art. In fact, I actually enjoyed it, even though I was a little frustrated at first.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but I managed to get the hang of it, after a while. I must say, it’s rather exciting, watching a piece of art come to life. When I first saw the picture, I thought I was going to make another mess, like the first time I started watercolour, but working with silhouettes is actually a much better thing for someone like me.
I’m not very good at proportion, so working with the silhouettes probably help me a lot more, since I don’t need to focus on too many details. It’s literally the outline of a figure, and you don’t have to be too accurate with it. As long as it resembles what you want it to look like, you’re pretty much good.
What Was The Inspiration?
To be honest, simple art is my favourite. Nothing too dramatic, or pretentious. Nothing with too much emphasis on a certain subject. The art I like is one that simply expresses something beautiful, like a landscape, or if an artist is in love with their subject, you can see what they see. In one word, something romantic.
Cheesy, I know, but that’s ok. Sometimes, everyone needs a little cheese in their lives. Especially when it comes to art. For me, it has to express something beautiful, whether it’s an abstract form of a flower, or an image of lovers kissing, or even just a bowl of fruit, whatever it is, it has to be beautiful. That’s why, when I decided to try my hand at watercolours and pastel art, I wanted to make something that was beautiful, to me at least.
Of course, what really started me off was actually a few videos I’d watched on Facebook. I’d come across this account or page, or group, whatever you call it, and every so often a video of the process of creating pastel art would be a highlight on my wall.
The page is called Deepak’s Art & Craft. Of course, he also has a YouTube channel, so if you’re not a Facebook kind of person, you could always check him out there. Anyway, it’s his process that got me into pastel art, because it can be used in so many different ways, and it’s easy to follow. After all, it’s just blending out the colours that you’re using, to create a background. It’s simple and easy, and that’s why I was so drawn to trying it out, that I may just make some more, in the future.
Don’t Be Afraid To Try
If you’re like me, and you’re not that great with art, then why don’t you try it out. Believe me, if I can do it, so can you. As I said before, I’m not an artist, but following this kind of art is actually something that anyone can do, and it would look great on your wall, or desk, or wherever you want to put it.
Of course, you don’t have to do with pastels, you could use watercolours too! You just need to use the right colours or blend the right colours from the ones you have. I noticed that the more shades you have, the smoother your gradient. All right, here’s what I mean. With my pastels, I only had the standard dark green, light green and yellow. Now, in the picture above, you can obviously see where each colour ends and the other begins.
Now take a look at the watercolour version I made. The gradients are a lot smoother. That’s because I used five different shades of the three colours. On the sunset side, I used two shades of red, two shades of orange and one shade of yellow. On the blue, I used one violet shade and four blue ones. Do you see what I mean when I say it’s more seamless?
Don’t Go Overboard
Ok, so while it’s great to have all the colours of the rainbow, and more, in your stock, don’t overdo it. I’d say two or three shades of the same colour should do it. Although many tutorials will have specific names and brands in their videos, pictorials, blogs and classes, it’s always best to always stick with the basics.
I mean, I just started myself, and I have a pack of 12 pastels that I got from a stationery store, and I still managed to make the pieces I made. Like I always say, start simple and work your way up. If you start with something so complicated, or so detailed, you’ll feel daunted and will be scared to even start. So, the supplies you’ve bought would just be sitting on your shelf, without ever being used.
I think, now that I have more time on my hands, I’m definitely going to be practising a lot more of these works and see what I can do with them. Hopefully, one day, I’ll end up trying harder and more complicated techniques, and do so much more with what I have.
It’s Your Turn!
Well, that’s it from me today. I’m going to keep practising. Now, it’s your turn. Have you checked out Deepak’s Art & Craft? Have you tried to use those pastels? Show me what you’ve made! I’m really interested in seeing your techniques.
You can always share these with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, and I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for them! Until next time, I’ll see you guys around.