Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Tip Tuesday - Pastelling

This is the first Tip Tuesday post of a series of blog posts, all about customising! I hope to post these on most Tuesdays that I can, give or take a week or two, and hopefully they will really help out people who are getting into customising and repainting model horses or if they are stuck on certain techniques. This first tip is about pastelling!

Pastelling - from light to dark
The best advice I can give to anyone that is pastel painting their model horses is this; always start off with the lightest colours on the horse and work from light to dark. It is near-on impossible to start off with the darker, black colours and work lighter from there to the pale sandy colours. This is due to the nature of pastels and the art of pastelling, where the colours need to be built up slowly and in multiple layers to achieve the desired colour and effect.

That is the brilliant thing about pastels, you can cleverly control the shading you want for the best tones and highlighting and it also means that the different shades of colours you can produce is limitless.

The horse below, my Serenade resin, I painted back in 2009 in pastels. This horse is quite a solid chestnut so it is hard to see where I started to add in shading, however these pictures do perfectly represent what I mean by when I say to start off with the pale yellows and work downwards through your earthy tones. Even if you don’t end up using the first couple of layers to be visible on your model in the final finishwork, each layer is as important as the next! Missing or skipping layers can cause graininess or not a full, rich and deep colour.

The finished horse (who is actually currently for sale!)

I hope people will find this feature useful! If you want more tips and you are currently not following my blog, please do so, as then it will mean that you will have easier access to them!

Until next time!


1 comment:

  1. Yes yes yes, I can't agree more with you about starting light, it is as you say, near impossible to go light from dark with pastels, I have a horse here at the moment who went too dark, then started going a funny green when I tried getting him lighter so I've had to restart.

    Also to people, be careful and look at reference pictures if you are not sure about shading, how much to do or where to put it. Saves so much frustration later :)