In this drawing, I will be using Unison colour pastels, Carbothello pastel pencils and Faber castell pastel pencils to draw a Lemur on Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper.
I wanted to create a fun, dynamic background, similar to the reference photo. I took inspiration from the bokeh effect already seen on the righthand side of the reference photo and continued it onto the left (reference attached on Patreon). I loved the colour palette of blue’s, grey’s and dark green’s of the bokeh, I used a mixture of pastel sticks and pastel pencils to create it. I also used both the pastel sponge tools as well as my finger to blend it together to achieve the blurry out of focus effect.
I believe that one main thought to take away from this piece is that the lighting in a piece is what can help make it stand out. The reference had great shadows and highlights which really forces you to keep the contrast high and creates a dynamic atmosphere. Sometimes, lighting can be more important than details, it also makes for a more visually interesting portrait.