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Life on the streets

Part 1 Follow tips and techniques to help you sketch and paint buildings in pastel, by Rebecca de Mendonça

Pastels

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

One and two-point perspective

How to add character to your sketches

Techniques to mix pen and pastel

Heading Home , Unison pastel on Sennelier sand card, 10x11in. (25x28cm). This depicts an early evening in the midst of Christmas shopping in the rain. I used Sennelier sand card, as I wanted to achieve an intense glow of light from the shop windows. As this picture is about colour and light, I was very loose with the details. To give it a sense of structure I emphasised the verticals.

The atmosphere of a street scene is a lovely subject to capture with a quick pastel sketch. It can seem daunting, however, with technical issues to deal with, such as perspective and figures. With all the overwhelming amount of detail, we can forget what first caught our attention.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the July issue of Leisure Painter, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Subjects covered this month include landscapes, seascapes, urban scenes, portraits, wild and domesticated animals and birds, flowers and natural still lifes. We introduce a short series on painting buildings in pastel and there are also two new painting projects to try: learn how to simplify a busy harbour scene and paint a portrait of a roe deer. From techniques and colours for painting rain, puddles and reflections in acrylic and painting natural textures in watercolour to drawing exercises and step-by-step demonstrations for you to try, we aim to include something for everyone in each issue.
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