How To Draw A Sunset In Chalk Pastels
In this art tutorial you will learn how to draw a sunset with a silhouetted landscape in colored chalk pastels in a step by step manner.
Onto the rough textured chalk paper the artist applies the cadmium yellow chalk using the side of the stick to the top of the paper working his way down the page for about 3-4 inches. A slightly lighter colored lemon yellow chalk is then used directly beneath and the process is repeated right down to the bottom of the paper. Even though this is a very loose initial stage in the chalk drawing you can already see the two yellows merging together well to form the basis of your sunset.
Using the cadmium yellow again spend around 5 seconds sporadically placing the color on top of the lemon yellow chalk. This creates a more organic and natural looking sunset rather than a complete grade down in tones which quite simply put wouldn’t happen in real life.
Then using his finger he smudges the chalks together to create a smooth transition between the colors. Using a salmon pink chalk he carefully selects areas using a horizontal linear application covering around two thirds of the paper. these areas are then smudged in to bind with the yellow chalks. If you don’t fancy using your finger to blend the colors together then as an alternative you can use a smooth sponge or some tissue paper to achieve the same effect.
You can add as many layers and different shades of color on your sunset so cater for your own artistic requirements and really explore the possibilities and range of colors which can be used.
The last step in this pastel tutorial is the introduction of the foreground which is drawn in a silhouette style as it would be in real life. It is a landscape which has an African feel to it so trees and loose shrubbery are introduced. A charcoal pencil is used for this stage to get the branch detailing. Because the charcoal pencil can be sharpened as many times as you like it makes this stage much easier than if you were to use a block pastel like the ones used in the sunset background. It is the techniques which you are trying to imitate here so be bold and adventurous and you can take on any composition you like.