Dig­i­tal pas­tel tech­niques

Jade Mosch uses her tra­di­tional pas­tel skills to pro­duce a stunning piece of il­lus­tra­tive art, in­spired by Asian themes

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Swiss artist Jade Mosch uses tra­di­tional pas­tel skills to pro­duce a stunning ex­am­ple of il­lus­tra­tive art.

The main dif­fer­ences be­tween dig­i­tal and tra­di­tional paint­ing are that with dig­i­tal we have the pos­si­bil­ity of go­ing back in time on your art, as well as the use of lay­ers, and an amaz­ing pal­ette of post-pro­duc­tion tools at our dis­posal.

Un­for­tu­nately, hav­ing all th­ese dig­i­tal tools can also help make our work­ing process chaotic and dis­or­gan­ised. We can eas­ily be­come lost among nu­mer­ous lay­ers and ef­fects. My way of work­ing is much sim­pler. It’s in­spired by pas­tel tech­niques, but adapted to the dig­i­tal way of do­ing things. Pas­tel is a tra­di­tional paint­ing method that uses dry me­dia. They’re lit­tle sticks of pig­ment pow­der that you squeeze over the pa­per. Un­like oil or acrylic, it’s volatile and very easy to drag over your pic­ture. Ba­si­cally, it’s a cycli­cal ap­proach where you blur a bunch of colours to­gether, and then go back to de­fine your sub­ject. The re­sult is a richly coloured pic­ture. In my paint­ing here I’ll be us­ing this process – only dig­i­tally, of course.

I’ll also re­veal some tricks for not get­ting lost in your can­vas – even if you’re a dis­or­gan­ised per­son like me! Ac­tu­ally, when you work dig­i­tally there’s al­ways a way to save your pic­ture. I’ll work over a tra­di­tional line, and show you how pow­er­ful layer ef­fects can be.

For this work­shop, it’ll be help­ful if you’re al­ready familiar with the Chan­nels and Lay­ers pan­els, be­cause th­ese will be the main tools I’ll be us­ing. And I’ll paint with only a few ba­sic Pho­to­shop brushes – let’s keep things sim­ple!

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