Tips and Tools

A selection of harder pastels offered by various manufacturers.

The Hard Choice in Pastel | 3 Factors to Consider When Selecting Your Stick

Within the sphere of pastels, there are varying degrees of stick firmness. The level of softness or hardness of a pastel stick is dependent on the individual pigment characteristics, the addition of inert compounds, and the composition of the binder holding the pigment together. Generally, pastelists categorize the sticks in their palettes as either...

by Jay Cudai.
Bargue drawing using a one-to-one ratio.

The Bargue Method at the Academy of Realist Art

The Fall 2013 issue of Drawing marks the magazine’s 10th anniversary, and as part of the celebration, we shined a spotlight on drawing instruction, an integral part of the magazine’s content for the last decade. Here, as part of that spotlight, we offer a brief excerpt from our article by Fernando Freitas on the...

image of gesso panel supplies

Homemade Gesso Recipe for a True Gesso Panel

Koo Schadler takes you through the process of making homemade gesso and gesso panels. Included in her instructions are supply lists, a gesso recipe and instructions on how to apply gesso on wood or hardboard panels.