5 Three simple exercises where the aim is to keep everything to a minimum; with pastels this can be very effective. I used a deep blue paper and for the plant drawing used a light green, a dark green, and then put in a background across the top, finishing with a dark brown touch on the stalks and the fence behind.

Look at this highly simplified copy of a Renoir nude, drawn in pastel on a dark brown paper. First of all, the outline shape was lightly sketched in with a warm pink. Then strokes of a light pink and a light yellow ochre were drawn across the lighter parts of the figure, to build up the rounded shapes of the limbs and torso. Then darker, redder colours were put in around the shadowed sides, increasing the three-dimensional effect. Darker colours were further added for the hair, the dark outlines and deeply shadowed areas. I used purple, blue, brown, carmine and a touch of green. Finally, the dark background was put in with various colours, finished by all the very lightest areas, such as the towel and the flesh highlights in white, sometimes tempered with a little yellow. Note how the pastels tend to follow the contours of the figure, so there is no single way to put on your strokes of colour.

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