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Oil Pastel Inspiration
I've been really enjoying using magazine pages as part of my daily practice for enhancing my painting and drawing skills. I was inspired to experiment with this process after discovering Guim Tió Zarraluki a Barcelona based artist on Pinterest. He is best known for using oil pastels to alter fashion magazine images and he has perfected a technique and style for recreating the most interesting abstracted makeovers I've ever seen.
My initial effort was to sketch out my own version of his completed makeovers then use acrylic paint to enhance them. Like this one here with blue hair :) Very fun and an excellent drawing challenge!
But then I wanted to try the oil pastels directly on a magazine image. My first effort was not at all what I had in mind. I began with the magazine image below and ended up with the image on the left. Interesting but not what I was going for.
The challenge is how to create images that reflect my own aesthetic of drama and expressiveness with subtlety and detail. So I started experimenting and I am happy to say I have come up with a way to do just that and much much more! Along the way many friends on Facebook have shown interest in trying this out themselves. As I was reading the comments I was writing down the questions and decided the best way to explain is to demonstrate and show exactly what it is I am doing. So I created a video lesson that you can watch and learn from. It's actually 2 videos because I couldn't resist adding ideas and techniques for using a more mixed media approach and for creating interesting backgrounds. I'm thrilled to share this with you!