In this video tutorial, I will show you my approach to drawing glass with soft pastels. We will be using sandpaper (600-800 grit will do just great) and we will add the black underpainting with soft pastels and water.
Remember, that sandpaper was not meant for art 🙂 so I do not know how it will behave years from today. If you would like to have a finished artwork that is lightfast you can use Canson MiTeintes Touch, Pastelmat, Uart or Sennelier La Card (remember that Sennelier paper does not accept water or any other wet mediums though).
As for the drawing, I will be using soft pastels and pastel pencils. To follow along you will need different gray pastel pencils, warm and cool ones. I am using Carbothello pencils but any pastel pencil brands (for artists) will work the same way. And for the pastels, I will be using bright pastel colors for the Marsala wine and some brighter blues and whites for those brightest highlights.
Usually, harder pastel brands work very well on sanded surfaces but for the highlights I am using an extra-soft pastel so as to get the richest color possible. Remember that when you are using extra soft pastels, like Sennelier, Schmincke, on sanded surfaces they will fill the tooth of the paper a lot faster than the harder pastels and thus will allow you to put fewer layers onto paper.
For the reference photo for this video and more tutorials, check out my Patreon. I will be very happy to have you as my patron and share with you all the little tips and tricks I know about soft pastels. Also, you can post your work on Instagram and on my Patreon community page and a plus for my patrons is a live video critique of their work! 😉