Sketchbook ***day – Hammeresque
For this week’s Sketchbook post I thought I’d share this. It’s an oil pastel sketch from late last year, which ended up in a rather Hammer Glamour kind of vein, as she reminds me a bit of Valerie Leon.
I have since bought, a beautiful travel set of Sennelier oil pastels, which are quite wonderful, but this was drawn with the remains of a 10 year old set I bought for about £3. They live together, without their wrappers, in a plastic bag, rubbing together and developing a common grey-brown crud coating. Exactly the opposite of how you are supposed to care for them, in fact. Cheap oil pastels are practically just crayons, most of the time. Don’t blend for shitty toffee. Not sure if something in this set has decomposed in 10 years, though, as they work a dream. ‘Vivid butter’ is how I think I described them recently.
Oil pastels were also the bridge between me drawing almost exclusively, and the Intimidating World of Actual Painting Like Artists Do. Think I’ll always go back to them, and their fat cousin the Oilbar. Such a lovely mess…