Enjoy a sneak peek of the August 2017 issue of Pastel Journal, which features entrancing seascapes and waterscapes by top pastel artists.
Discover seven emerging pastel artists whose skills got them on our radar. See their work right now for inspiration for your next pastel.
Many artists gravitate to one particular genre of painting as their primary source for subject matter.
Here are four tips for artists on how you can manipulate aerial perspective and linear perspective to accentuate depth in a painting.
What is the secret to that intangible “wow factor”? Here are 10 things you can do to make sure your painting is one of the stand-outs.
Pastelist and teacher Bob Gerbracht died peacefully on April 28, at the age of 92, at his home in Pinole, Calif., in the company of his wife and daughters. A 2015 Pastel Society of America (PSA) Hall of Fame inductee, Gerbracht was best known for his portraits and figure paintings—and for his love for...
In Pastel Journal, discover expert tips for painting loose, advice for getting out of your own way, tricks for creating a powerful punch in portraits and more!
How to use photo reference in order to capture detail, but still retain a sense of life and vitality in a figural work can be a challenge for realistic painters. Here's what figure painter Melissa Breault has to say about how she works with photo resources:
While I am not a proponent of over-using darks in landscape painting, there are times when intense rich darks are useful. So don’t avoid black as a pigment and workable fixative as a tool. They can serve the pastelist well. Read more about the art of color, and experiment with new organic pigment pastel...
Award-winning artist Tony Allain shares how to gain more confidence as an artist and create better pastel paintings.
Any creative who’s trying to depict reality—whether an author, sculptor or painter—must try to master the art of illusion. One of the most useful tools an artist can use to produce this magic is the manipulation of edges. The dictionary definition of “edge” is the line where an object or area begins or ends:...