Since I drew the work “cat reading a book-unequal opportunity“, I was guessing that soft pastel was very suited for the drawing of mossy tree branches and trunks. I wanted to ascertain this by drawing something different so I drew this one. As you can see, these trees are very mossy, so for my purpose, this subject was perfect and I am now convinced that what I was thinking is quite right.
But the problem is the grasses covering the trees. These grasses need to be added after completing the textures of branches, which makes the process pretty hard to execute in a satisfactory manner. Shmincke greens are too soft and not suited for thin lines at all, coloured pencils and pastel pencils just scrape off the textures. Rembrandt soft pastels, especially new ones, work well to draw thin, distinct lines for the grasses on the thick layers of pastels of the branches. If I use fixative before drawing the lines, other approaches I tried may work fine, too. Basically, though, I don’t use fixative, so the use of Rembrandt may be the best solution for a case like this. Currently I don’t have so many different greens of Rembrandt, but I should think about adding some new ones to my gadget.
For this particular work, I used a pretty troublesome approach, which is to apply greenish colours on the surface without making any line shapes and then sort of engraved the grasses using a blending stump. This approach only works fine for dense grasses. This is something I tried when I drew “five hundred years of glare” soft pastel version. Independent grasses like stubble cannot be drawn properly this way. So I should get some new Rembrandt greens… 🙂