Some still-life works done for a past Christmas, oil pastels on black construction paper. I'm uploading these even though they are a little old because I did not have an account here back then, and I would still like some critique. ^^; I have not worked much in this medium since, so I'm still at basically the same level.
They are not supposed to be strictly realistic...I wanted to mix at least a semi-realism into them, but also leave them somewhat stylized. The feel/style was inspired by the works of Edvard Much, who I adore. >w< This isn't really supposed to look extremely like his stuff (I could never be that awesome), but yeah. He was the inspiration for them.
I enjoy working with oil pastels. I used to hate them because I couldn't do a thing with them, but now I'm experimenting and finding ways to actually make them look decent. ^_^ I'd love any advice on this medium in particular, as well as all other critique.
Oh yeah, poor quality because I had to scan them in pieces and then puzzle them back together digitally. <<; Sorry.
I've only worked with pastels a little bit (mostly in elementary school, ha!), but from what I learned, pastels lend themselves well to mixing colors and hues in a not too over-blended kind of way. The one thing I notice about your pieces is that each element seems fairly monochrome, so I would suggest working in other hues, based on temperatures of colors you're going for, especially if you're going for that Edvard Munch feel.
Also, I can't tell if it was just the scanning process that made them that way, but the pieces are pretty dark with not much contrast, so I would also suggest adding more highlights to lift the images up off your black canvas.
wooblood: Thank you so much for your observations! They were extremely helpful. I agree with everything you've pointed out, and for some reason I never realized the monochrome before. And yeah, the scans came out really crappy and dark...but I think you have a point there, too. Again, thank you so much! I can't wait to try this medium again.