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Donkeys, Day 3

One of these days, I will learn to draw with pastels. It will not be during my donkey challenge, however. Back in 1998 (yes, I remember the date), I bought a set of chalk pastels without ever having tried my hand at them. Most of the pastel sticks are now broken but barely used. It is just not a medium I really enjoy. I don't even know if I could learn to like it. Maybe one of these days, I won't learn!

Nevertheless, I listened to some strange urge to dust them off and try them again for today's donkey.  I seriously almost threw my effort in the trash,* but this exercise is not about posting pretty (or even successful attempts at) art. It is about trying different things, seeing which ones fit...

So, goal accomplished.

3 Donkey Pastel

"Donkey in the Woods," chalk pastels and charcoal

* Even doing pages and pages of collage** sounds more fun than doing pages and pages of pastels. See? I'm learning. And gaining perspective.

** Actually, it isn't the thought of doing one book of collage illustrations that bothers me; it is the thought that if I do decide to do more stories in this world, I would have to continue with a consistent look and feel. Doing books and books of collages...meh.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 12th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
So glad you didn't throw it away! I'm loving seeing donkeys in all these different media. This one I love for the autumnal quality--the way the leaves blanket the ground: it is just like a late-autumn woods.
Mar. 12th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm mostly concerned with finding a medium and style that suits, but today I thought it might be a good idea if I start experimenting a bit more with the setting, season, and atmosphere, too. The donkey can't exist on a blank page. :P
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm really enjoying the donkeys and the colours in this are great.
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :D
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
You are so productive! :)

(with patels, the paper can make all the difference)
Mar. 13th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
So freaky! I *knew* you would say that about the paper. And I thought of it myself...after I was extremely frustrated with the whole thing. I meant to look at the type of paper (I know it was Canson but not more than that) but then forgot. Too lazy (and tired) to do it now. :P
Mar. 13th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
heh... you know me too well. :p
Mar. 14th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
I do! :P And FWIW, the paper said it was suitable for charcoal and pastels. :-
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
This donkey looks wistful. I think he is lonely without anyone to share his pasture.

Have you considered doing each illustration for the book in a different medium? That could be really cool.
Mar. 13th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
That could be cool. Tricky, too, though, i would think, making sure there is coherency despite the wildly different media.
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
I love it! Great details and I love the contrast of colors between the bare trees and the colored leaves on the ground.
Mar. 13th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
I decided to draw him in a forest because I had a really cool reference photo, all misty moody with those cool bare trees that just seemed to disappear into the atmosphere. I may try the forest again some day but not with pastels. :P
Mar. 13th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Pastels can be a challenge, for sure. If you like the idea of drawing with colored sticks, you might try oil pastels. I have a set and they perform like amazing crayons -- much more fluid than the waxy ones we give children, deep colors, and such. I like them better than chalk pastels.

I like the expectant look on the donkey's face. He's there waiting for something, but we don't know what.
Mar. 13th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
I have some oil pastels and am hesitating to try them, too. :p I'm a glutton for punishment, so I just might. I'll try to make sure I'm using appropriate paper, too. :P
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