This is a list of the common mistakes the beginner is likely to make when starting out with pastel pencils:
1. Line Drawing
Not having an accurate enough line drawing.
Remedy – use a drawing aid like our Square Drawing grid system.
2. Pastel Paper
Choosing a pastel paper that is too dark.
Remedy – choose a lighter paper (our sand colour from Ingres is ideal).
3. Light Over Dark
Placing light colours on top of dark resulting in a muddy appearance.
Remedy – work from light tones to dark tones.
4. Sharp Pencils
Not having a sharp enough point on the pencil when attempting fine detail.
Remedy – ensure you work with sharper pencils.
5. Pressing Lightly
Not pressing the pastel pencil hard enough.
Remedy – press harder as this will ensure a better coverage for the ensuing colours.
6. Pressing Too Hard!
Pressing the pastel pencil too hard.
Remedy – lighten the pressure as this could result in a shine forming on the pastel paper.
7. Too Many Layers
Laying on too many colours this again could result in a shine on the pastel paper.
Remedy – use the hard end of our double ended eraser to remove some of the shine (see video below).