This is a quick portrait study in oil pastel. The aim is to review some of the techniques used in my oil pastel class. In this example, I am using watercolour paper that is sealed with Holbein transparent gesso. This is a granular gesso that adds texture to the paper surface. The preliminary drawing is done with watercolour pencils.
The oil pastels are Holbein Artist Oil Pastels. They have a creamy rich texture that allows me to create a drawing that has a painterly quality to it.