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Trying out pan pastels

A while ago I bought a set of pan pastels (the same as normal pastels but in a plastic cup rather than a stick). It was a must-have buy at the time, but I never really used them. In the spirit of investigation, I photocopied a drawing from my sketchbook onto normal printer paper, and used the pastels with their sponge applicator to add colour over the print.

I quite like the effect! And it was very simple and quick to do.


  1. as always your portraits are amazing!! The pastels just made them more so.

    1. There wasn't a lot of skill in the colouring tbh as the pen shading on the print gave most of the tone, but the pastels went on well and look fixed so it's a useful thing to have tried.