Nothing better than drawing juicy, tropical papayas while stuck in the Midwest, right? For the record, I do not like papayas, but I think it’s such a pretty fruit I had to paint it. I recently started playing with oil pastels and its quickly become one of my favorite art mediums.
I always like to start gathering a plethora of colors and pictures to get an idea of my palette and what kind of style I am going for. It us much better to plan ahead than to try to fix messy pastels. I will often paint “samples” of different parts of my subject before painting the real thing.
For this particular painting, I used a combination of Sennelier Oil Pastels and Mungyo Gallery Oil Pastels. I find that Sennelier pastels are great toppers, fillers, but can be too buttery for details or thin outlines. I also used Carnache’s coloring pencils for finer details.
Note: I started out with a sketch the outline of the papaya using a sketching pencil (LIGHTLY SKETCH otherwise it’ll show!)