Pastel pencils and Pan pastels on pastelmat
This was not a commission, but an exercise I wanted to do to assess the suitability of pastelmat for doing pet portraits. In the past, I've always done them on velour because it gives such a lovely, soft look to the fur, but I have also had lots of problems getting the pastel to stay on the velour, even with multiple coats of fixative - so frustrating when you have spent hours on a portrait. I am definitely a convert to the pastelmat. It is easy to achieve the same soft results, but the pastel stays put!!! I'm in love!!! A huge thank you to bwhistler from Flickr Creative Commons for giving his kind permission for the use of his gorgeous reference photo for this artwork.