Question using pastel on black paper
Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:15 PM
Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:20 PM
Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:26 PM
You can use a dedicated fixative, or hair spray as I do. Hair spray is nothing more than a glorified varnish.
You need to go very light with which ever spray you use. Hold the can well off the page & do a brisk stroke across the page. It will just be a mist that goes on, and the temptation is strong to go over it again - RESIST!!! Do a few practice strokes every time too. This will clear the nozzle & help to get your eye in on the necessary distance and timing.
Even with the lightest of mists you sometimes notice a change in the sketches appearance. You can always do little touch ups to help correct this & respray. Few things are as deflating as killing a soft pastel sketch as by drowning it in spray ,
Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:11 AM
All above is great advice and it really works well.
I have only destroyed one sketch by using a fixitave too close to a pastel sketch. I never get closer than one meter and do this outdoor if possible.
Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:57 AM
Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:21 AM
Your galleries are amazing. Great work.