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The Pastel Book

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Absolutely the most thorough guide to pastel materials and techniques ever assembled in a single volume, this is the book for anyone working with pastels, from beginners to experienced artists looking to develop more professional skills.

Defining the pastel medium broadly—color in stick form to be used for drawing and painting simultaneously—the author creates works of sens...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Watson-Guptill
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Gina Lento
Having met Bill in person, I can say the demos in the book are just like the demos in person. Bill has a whole different way of working with pastels that blazed the trail and legitimized pastels as another form of painting instead of it being used as a sketching medium.
May 27, 2009 Makingamark rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: pastel artists
One of the very first books about pastels that I ever read. An intelligent approach to the subject - and some very good demonstrations

Read my detailed review on my blog Book Review: The Pastel Book - summary as follows

An introduction to pastels which is methodical in its approach and comprehensive in its scope. It provides very high quality advice about materials and stimulating demonstrations of what can be achieved in terms of basic techniques, the use of colour and mixing pastels with other m...more
Natashya KitchenPuppies
Well organized and presented book on painting with pastels. He shows all sorts of techniques for chalk pastels, and includes working with oil pastels and pastels with mixed media.
I'd give it 5 stars, but it is 20 years old and some of the materials are not up to date.
Great book though.
Marie-pierre Stien
Not particularly useful. Forget the book, get the pastels out and start drawing.
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