The Pastel brush category has a rather loose smeary finish when used at a large brush size but more detail can be brought back when the brush size is reduced.

Most variants can be used in Cloning Method but to get the distinctive pastel finish it is generally more useful to use the Clone Color option.

The Blunt Hard and the Square Hard Pastel uses the paper textures very successfully without any brush modification. The various Soft Pastels all smear the picture, some very substantially

Pastels are very useful for painting portraits and there are some examples of their use in the chapters on portraits.

Tapered Pastel

Figure 3.75

Window model.

A Clone copy was made of the photograph of the window model and the image was not cleared. The hair and neck and shoulders were painted over with the Round Hard Pastel, brush size 40, opacity 100% and grain 12%.

The paper chosen was Sandy Pastel Paper which added a fine texture to the picture and gave it the distinctive look of pastel.

The face was painted with the same pastel and a reduced opacity of 65% which gave it a lighter and more detailed texture.

Smaller sizes and varying opacities were necessary to complete the details of the face.

Figure 3.76

Original photograph.

Figure 3.76

Original photograph.

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