Pastels for the Absolute Beginner by Rebecca de Mendonca
Pastels for the Absolute Beginner by Rebecca de Mendonça
If you have ever wanted a complete course in using pastels but lacked the confidence to start, then Pastels for the Absolute Beginner is the book for you.
Take your first steps with pastels and learn how to produce modern, lively and colourful artwork with this exciting medium.
Artist and teacher Rebecca de Mendonça offers the beginner a complete course in using pastels. Step-by-step exercises and longer projects help you to build essential skills and allow you to produce a range of pictures, including landscapes, still life, portraits and animals. Vital drawing skills are explained and demonstrated, along with an easy-to-follow guide to colour theory. A huge wealth of finished paintings provide ideas and inspiration for your own future pastel work.
Table of Contents
Setting up your workspace 12
Starting to draw 16
Pastel techniques 28
Bauble step by step 36
Teasel step by step 46
Rolling Fields step by step 62
Rocky Tor step by step 74
Billowing Clouds step by step 92
The Birches step by step 104
Life in your paintings 110
Child with Fishing Net step by step 120
Toby step by step 130
About Rebecca de Mendonça
Based near Exeter in Devon, Rebecca de Mendonça paints, teaches and writes. Her dynamic pastels capture the movement and atmosphere of subjects ranging from equestrian and landscape to figures and architecture.
After graduating in Theatre Design, Rebecca's early career was in theatre and interior design in London. She undertook portrait commissions of West End actors and dancers in English National Ballet. She is an Associate Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists, currently focusing her paintings on people working with horses, and moorland ponies. Rebecca has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London with the Pastel Society and also as a finalist in the Artists of the Year Exhibition, 2019. Rebecca co-founded The New Pastel School in 2013.
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