Thursday, March 8, 2007

My First Attempt at Pastels

My first attempt at something representational in pastel. I don't like it. I can't seem to get that luminosity of the glass. I do like the shadow of the glass, tho. I kept squinting at it trying to see the colors that I thought were in there. It just looks so flat to me. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

9 comments:

Brenda Y said...

I've never worked with pastels, but if you can lift some color near the rim to get a luminous look I think that will take care of it. At the bottom of the glass on the right, there is wonderful luminiosity, so if you repreat that (but lift it a bit more -- almost to white). The light would be entering the glass on the left and exiting on the right.
Really a great job, especially with it being your first "glass!"

Robyn said...

Don't be so hard on yourself! You have done a great job on this glass. Could I suggest that seeing THROUGH the glass might help with the 3 dimesionality. In the bottom section, under the well rendered swirls, you could show the surface the glass is resting on through the glass itself.

aPugsLife said...

Wow, I REALLY like this, it doesn't look flat to me at all. Neat!

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

Hi Sherie! Glass IS hard, but I think really all you need is more attention to values, with some white for that glassy sparkle. As Robyn said, trying to nail the values would help with the see-through, transparent illusion.

Nice job drawing the curved lines on the body of the glass, that's hard!

jill said...

my first thought was "wow! that's great!" then in an attempt to offer help, the one thing i thought would add the 3-dimentional look for me is if it were darker on the sides than in the middle. at the sides of the glass, you're looking through at an angle whereas in the middle part, you're just looking through that layer.

overall, though, i think it looks great!

Teri C said...

I think it looks great and reading everyone's advice is interesting. If you all keep trying pastels I may have to one of these days.

Linda said...

It looks great -- the ellipses (those pesky things) are all just right! As far as transparency goes, I think you may have it a bit too dark and opaque in the upper middle. I think you might see a confusion on lines from those swirls, too, because you'd see them from the front going one way AND from the opposite side going the other way. Maybe coming down to white and throwing in some yellow and blue and pinks would add some sparkle? I also think you chose a REALLY tough glass to start with!
:-D Congratulations on a great piece!

Anita said...

I agree with Robyn, you have done very well!
I did a glass demo when I first started using acrylic paints, I realise it's a different medium entirely but you may find some of the information useful!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=247018&page=1&pp=15

Sue said...

I like it fine the way it is too but I can also see how the suggestions for making it lighter at the top might get the result you want. the bottom right of the glass really looks like glass. That's just amazing.