I got a set of oil pastels over the weekend. It was a first. I knew the chalky kind of pastels, and was expecting something similar. Never have I been so wrong! They are like toddler crayons mixed with plasticine! They were imprecise, and I'm not used to that! But despite the initial difficulties, using them has caused me joy! They give a nice texture, solid colours, and I can mesh them with my fingers and it feels like I'm back in school, pushing plasticine over bristol boards to make homework models. My fingers end up coloured and mushy. And I've had FUN! I recommend them, but you need to get lots of colours, I've not found them that easy to mix. Maybe that will change over time once I'm more familiar to them.
This is another page from the Sketchbook Project Journal.
I drew the character at the bottom as a different interpretation of "Foot notes" because I didn't just want to make foot notes on the page. The drawing at the back is for the phrase "That book has no spine". The first thing that came to mind was scattered pages all over the floor, but the idea of drawing a person without a spine seemed more interesting than a bunch of papers on the floor. Then I decided to go with that, a "book person", with no spine. It would give me the chance to make it a little visceral and grotesque, having bones penetrating the skin. I didn't plan the layout properly because I was just having fun. But If I re-did the whole thing, I would fix the perspective and have the sizes fixed to make it look like a spineless giant fell from the sky into a desert, and have the kid close. I would fix the lights (because they're all over the place at the moment), and I would add blood coming from the giant's injuries.
I want to refine my painting skills before re-doing anything... so I may eventually get to doing such a thing :)
I drew this with a ballpoint pen, then painted it with different skin-tone markers, added some extra lights with acrylic, extra shadows with black prismacolor, faded in the tones at the back with a thin layer of water-dissolved white acrylic and fixed the image quality and added a slightly transparent gradient color layer in Photoshop.