This last couple of days I've had my pastel pencils out. With yet another fantastic reference photograph from the Paint My Photo website I'm tackling this Red Deer.
I haven't done anything in pure pastel for ages, probably at least a year but unearthed my collection of various packs of paper this week so decided it was about time. I'm using Pitt pastel pencils on a 20 x 14 inches sheet of white Ingres Fabriano paper. I will be using my soft pastels for some of the background and for finishing highlights on the stag too.
This is a quick photo taken at night under electric lighting so not a very good representation but as the paper is taped down to my drawing board I can't scan it yet.
I think it's going well and although extremely time consuming, I'm enjoying the change of medium. There will be a lot of complex reflections on the water to complete and at this point I'm thinking of going for a mistybackground.