We recommend using toned paper with soft pastels. Micador For Artists Kraft Paper works beautifully with this medium as it will allow you to really let the light and dark tones shine.
Tip: once you blend pastel with your finger, make sure you wipe the pastel off your skin. If you don't do this, the pastel on your fingers will smudge into whatever color your using next.
You will need:
- Micador For Artists Soft Pastels-Sepia Pack 12
- Micador For Artists Soft Pastels-Greys Pack 12
- Micador For Artists Kraft Paper
- Micador Fixative Spray
Step 1: Shadow and shape outlines
With pastel drawings you should start with darker colours, working up to light colours in later steps. Start your sketch by marking out the shadowed areas and the orange outline of the fruit. At this point, lay color side-by-side without blending
Step 2: Start building up your colour
Using an orange pastel, add depth to your oranges by applying more pressure in the darker areas of the fruit. Remember to leave some areas uncoloured for highlights.
Step 3: Start to blend
Introduce yellow in the areas where light hits the fruit. Softly blend, with your finger, the parts where yellow meets orange for a more realistic and seamless look.
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Step 4: Add the juicy details
Use your white pastel to go over the membrane areas or spots that feature natural-light spots. Your black pastel can also be used to go over the shadow areas. To ensure your art doesn’t smudge we recommend you seal your work with a Micador For Artists Fixative Spray.