I thought I would try a portrait of a boy in Oil Pastel. He is a relative of the author of the picture book, who lives in the African village. I wanted to test oil pastel on a subject, because Oil Pastel is not so fragile as soft pastel. My biggest concern was to render detail, but this shows it is posssible, and this is a scan, which worked well. I like how the oil pastel looks soft and fleshy. I had to work with the colors I had. Holbein Oil Pastel on 4.5″x6″ sanded brown pastel paper.
I’m testing pastels and papers with some of the subject matter I will be rendering. Uart sand paper-like surface, which I brushed water over the first layers of both. The top hut is Mungyo Semi-Hards and the bottom is Conte Crayons. The Semi-hards clearly have better intensity, but the Semi-hards are a bit wider, 1/4 vs. 3/8, both are square, The problem is, less hardness has better purity of hue, but requires the stick to be thicker.
My Father passed away the Feb 7th, through hospice and a period of mourning, I had to put my work aside for a time. Now I am returning to my normal routine and trying to catch up.
In the picture book I’m illustrating about “The Lost Boys of Sudan” this is a page about his family and several people from his village walking to Ethiopia, an arid land with acacia trees. I might need to make the people smaller in proportion to the trees, they are much taller than one might think.
David as a boy soldier, this is one option for this pose, I don’t know what emotion should be on his face. A longing for home is what I’m guessing at this point. The next is part of the story I’ll leave as a mystery right now.