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Give oil pastels a go!

Ben Hope has re-discovered the advantages and versatility of oil pastels. He shares his techniques and tips for working on a variety of subjects, whether in your sketchbook or a finished painting

My Sennelier oil pastels in their Jackson’s Art Box. The box is supplied with two plastic panels (not pictured), which I lay over the pastels to prevent them tumbling around when the case is carried. I also cut pieces of foam to create compartments that help hold the pastels in place

Self Portrait, oil pastel in sketchbook, 51⁄2x51⁄4in (14x13cm).

This took about an hour. I used a lot of scratching, both to give it dynamism and to adjust tones. I used a cocktail stick to create the light on the nostril, scraping through the dark tone into the pinky orange underneath

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Welcome to the October issue of The Artist, including an additional 16 pages full of ideas and suggestions about art courses and holidays that could help to inspire and develop your creative skills. This issue is also packed with inspirational insights into how professional artists approach their work, including a commissioned portrait in oils, and practical demonstrations in watercolour, oil pastels, oil-based pencils, acrylics, line & wash and mixed media. There's something for everyone, whatever your level or experience, from how to add a little magic to your watercolour still lifes, paint an autumn landscape in five easy stages, capture a sunset in acrylics, sketch people in line & wash, create a vibrant flower composition in mixed media, and more. Plus be inspired by some of this year's The Artist Open Competition prizewinners, who explain how they created their winning artworks. Enjoy your month of drawing and painting with The Artist.