hey i have a question for you all
I thought i'd try my hand at pastel drawing/painting-something...
well, i found some old pastels (at least 10 years old : i played with them as a kid ) and wanted to try them out...so i tried to copy daarken's mastercopy pastel-drawing at the hand of the (awesome) steps he posted here ...but i cant apply one pastel over the other...like when i make an area 1 color, say the red from the 1st drawing and then i try to apply the yellow it just gets all muddy... am i doing something wrong here?
I tried it a couple of times using different colors, fixing it before i do the second layer...
Sooo, i have a couple of questions for you guys n galls
1) What's the difference between hard and soft pastels... i read hard pastels are better for detailed work..but i'm not so good... is it possible for someone like me to get sufficient detail with just soft pastels?
2) Are the problems i having the result of having crappy pastels or a crappy technique?
3) What is a good book about pastel drawing? i robbed the library of all pastel-painting and pastel-drawing books - - haven't had any time to read them though - - but i'd like to have one for myself so that i dont have to re-lend them every 3 weeks at the library.
4) Anything else you guys can give about pastels... own experiences, does the tooth, texture and color of the paper matter much, do i suck ass? don't i deserve to use pastels?