From the Back Cover
The latest tips and techniques for working with pastels — in full color! Pastels offer bright colors, a great level of portability, and no drying time — plus, they′re relatively inexpensive and can be used to draw and paint on almost any surface. Pastels For Dummies covers the many aspects of this exciting medium, from the fundamentals of choosing the right materials to step–by–step projects. Pastels and paraphernalia — discover the basic characteristics of pastels, related tools, and materials Beginning with baby steps — get easy–to–follow guidance on the entire process of drawing with pastels, from making initial sketches to picking paper and layering Taking it to the next level — master intermediate techniques like emulating metallic surfaces, trying abstraction, and creating textures Drawing people and places — learn how to capture landscapes, draw objects in the environment or from photos, and add people to your pictures Open the book and find: A simple color primer in pastel Supplies to get you started Basic still life techniques Hands–on, easy–to–follow exercises Attractive full–color artwork How to work with chalk pastels Tips on setting up your own workspace How to achieve different types of strokes Advice on making your drawings look real (or surreal!) Learn to: Produce colorful drawings and paintings Improve your artistic skills with full–color, hands–on instruction Complete full–scale projects Discover your inner artist
About the Author
Sherry Stone is a senior lecturer in foundation studies at IU Herron School of Art and Design. Anita Giddings is a senior lecturer of fine arts at the IU Herron School of Art and Design. Together, Sherry and Anita are the authors of Oil Painting For Dummies .