I worked on a Pastel drawing today. It was a sketch for a painting I want to do in acrylic paint at some time in the future. It’s based on a scene in a prison I saw on the TV and a song we sing at church. The relevant verse says:
“Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.”
This picture was the result – as well as I can render it.
I began with a sketch:
Then I began to use the pastels. This time though, I decided to treat the pastels like paint rather than like a big fat pencil. I think this approach worked better. Lines are too thick with pastels but planes and blocks of colour are do-able.
Here’s the beginning of the figure in the picture:
And here’s the final result:
The light didn’t come out as I had hoped – I find actual light rays very difficult to draw but the feeling of the picture is right. I think it’ll need a bit more work before I paint it.