Beginner Pastel Painting tutorial of a Clementine with a limited palette

Beginner Pastel Painting tutorial of a Clementine with a limited palette


hi it’s Ria. By request I slowed down
this video so it will be easier to follow. I started with a limited palette
which you can see in this image. I used pastel matte paper which is a pretty
tight paper but it does have a lot of tooth. I do tend to work heavily with the
pastel on this paper because it holds so much. If you use a different
paper you may not need to apply as much pressure as I did. With a black Nupastel I’m filling in some of the dark areas. I frequently do this first as a
rule but I break my rules quite often. You’ll see that later on in the video
when I start adding the background color. For the leaf I do like to have the
darker areas underneath. It just makes the colors pop more. I’m realizing now
that if I had started with my black Nupastel for the drawing I wouldn’t be
working on these edges but I do want to define them a bit. I’m adding some gray
here. I’m not sure at the time I decided to do. I’ll have to check
my memory bank for this (laughs). I think I was trying to subdue the black a little
bit on that side. I’m now adding some orange with a Unison pastel. If you’ve never tried these please do even if you just get a small
set. They are the creamiest pastels I’ve ever used. I really love them. I’m not
sure which specific color this is but unison, on their website, Unison does
have a listing of all their colors. I’m adding a lighter orange to create
dimension to the fruit and as I said before I’m applying with a quite a bit
of pressure just to fill the tooth of the paper. If you use Canson
paper I would suggest you use a harder pastel. Maybe stick with the Nupastel until you’re committed to a certain area and then you can lighten it up
with the softer pastels. Here I’m adding a yellow, a darker yellow
to again add dimension to the fruit. I reference my photo quite a bit while I’m
working. I’ll go back and forth. Here I’m blending just a little bit. I
want to get those edges blended a bit so they’re not so obvious. I’m adding a lighter yellow to
bring out some of the highlights and bring that part of the fruit more
forward. Again, blending a little with my finger, not too much. And all of a sudden
I’m going for the background (chuckles) which I do occasionally because sometimes I like to
decide what color the background is going to be. In this case I used white.
I think a complementary blue would have been a nice color as well so choose
your background depending on what you like. I’m using a sidestroke here, just
scumbling in the background without filling in all the tooth of the paper.
I’m adding some gray on the side of the leaf where shadows been cast and filling in the foreground I’m using
a Nupastel and scumbling with that as well. There’s light coming in from behind the
fruit which is why I’m adding the white here and it creates a nice contrast as
well. I’m adding in light gray so it blends. Here’s another spot where
there’s light coming through the background. I’m using a Unison white
pastel here. I have my light gray Nupastel and I’m
blending the colors here to create a gradation. Now I’m back to my black pastel
and creating a more of a shadow under the fruit. A little gray, smooth it out,
blend with my fingers so the lines aren’t so severe. I see a spot here
where there’s a shadow so I’m adding black. The leaf on the left is casting a
shadow on the foreground so I’m adding a darker grey here. Now comes the
green! this is kind of fun changing colors. I have my darkest green right
here and again this is a Unison pastel I don’t want to get too detailed with
this so I’m filling in a pretty broad area as I go along. This is a lighter
green. I have four greens that I’m using in
this painting from light to dark. Here I’m going to start bringing in some more of
the details without overdoing it and again referencing the photo as I go
along. Some lines indicating the veins of the
leaf and the darker green underneath. That’s where the shadow falls. Here I’m lightly going over the
black so that my green actually looks a bit darker than it actually is. My pressure is relatively light here. Now I’m working some of the details on the
left leaf. I’m still using all four greens. my pressure is relatively light here. Of
course with the Unison pastels, they’re so soft, so even light pressure
will fill the papers tooth pretty well. I’m using my darker pastel on the left leaf
to create the veins in the leaf. There’s less light falling on this leaf so I’m
creating more of a shadow on the right side of it. At the top I’m redefining the stems of
the leaf. I’m drawing the lines using the side of the pastel to draw. Here I’m filling in the light that’s
coming through the back, defining those stems just enough for it to be
convincing. Again, not a lot of detail. Here is part of the leaf at the top
above the left leaf, There’s more light falling on it so that’s a
lighter green that I chose. I’ll be defining some of my light here. Bring in
a darker color to the stem. There’s some light falling at the top of the fruit
here so I’m adding a lighter orange. I’m working on my shadow underneath a
bit, with the gray, a darker gray. There’s more of a shadow here. I’m just
redefining some edges and some spots that need reworking. My final touch
is always the highlights so I’m using white, and the yellow to highlight the
light that is falling on the fruit. A lighter green around the base of the stem. The final parts of a painting are
frequently my favorite. I just love adding the highlights. just a little
touch of white here and there can make all the difference in how a painting
looks. And here’s the final painting. I hope this lesson was helpful. If you have
any comments please share them below and thanks for stopping by!

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