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This article from Artist Network explains that due to the nature of pastels as a dry medium applied in a stick form, pastelists have had to learn to marry traditional drawing and wet painting techniques such as blending, scumbling, glazing, hatching, cross-hatching and feathering to facilitate their needs.Most of these techniques fall under the category of layering, in which one pastel is applied over, or into, another.


Drawing - using hatching and blending techniques to build tonal values to forms


Selfie, age 12 ~ anton raphael mengs

from Etsy

11 x 14 - Pastel and Colored Pencil

Pastel and Coloured Pencil

English Discovery by Benjamin Hope

from My Modern Met

Spectacular Oil Paintings of Twinkling Eyes

Pavel Guzenko "They say that the human hand is the hardest thing to draw. While it may very well be true, it's the eyes that draw my attention the most. Ukrainian artist Pavel Guzenko manages to capture the glimmering gaze of the human eye with his impressionist technique. Each shimmering orb depicts a remarkable reflective surface, truly capturing the sparkle in one's eye..."


This reminds me of a piece I had to do for Mrs. Brisco's class in high school. Mine was not nearly as beautiful though