For this month’s drawing competition I have decided to base it on the video “Flowers in Water Soluble Pastel” which is at the bottom of this post.
Because not all of you might have water soluble pastels and I want to make it a bit easier for you to enter I have decided that I just want your entries to be in colour, it doesn’t matter if they are in water soluble pastel, pastel or even paint. Also, a normal paintbrush and cup of water can be used instead of the water brush if you don’t have one.
It’s still a good idea to watch the video though as it will give you an indication of what to look for and think about while you are looking at your flowers. I would strongly advise that you work from a real flower not just copy one from a book or photograph as I want you to set up the still life yourself and I will probably be able to tell if it’s copied from a flat image and will be less likely to choose it as a winner or a favourite.
You have until the 10.00am on the 7th of November to post your entry to the Sketchout Facebook page (or email it to me if you haven’t got Facebook) and I will announce the winner on the 9th of November. Please let me know which material you worked in by leaving it as a comment or caption on the image or in the email.
As usual my favourite of the entries will win a Sketchout Drawing workshop of their choice.
There is no age restriction for the competition but if the winner is under 11 years old they will need to be accompanied by an adult all day on the day of taking their free workshop.
My top tips for getting the best results this month:-
– Work in coloured water-soluble pastel or water-soluble pencils, dry pastels, oil pastels or watercolour, or anything you like really as long as it’s colour.
-Feel free to draw an outline in pencil first if you want to but you don’t have to (I didn’t).
-Test colours and washes on a piece of test paper before adding to the piece. You can also use this test paper as a palette to pre mix colours before adding them to the piece if you want to.
-Photograph your work with consideration in a place of good natural light and from straight on. Bad photos are not likely to get chosen even if the work is great because they affect the look of the blog post.
-Consider your background. Do you want to add colour or interest?
Can’t wait to see the entries!