Mount Vision Pastels
Post #740 • February 27, 2006, 12:18 PM • 4 Comments
Warning: heavy art geekery ahead.
I got a sample of Mount Vision pastels and took them out for a test run during a figure drawing class last Friday.
I've been using a mixture of Rembrandts and Senneliers, mostly the latter. I have the Rembrandts from an old set and I keep them around for laying in base areas and occasional detail work. Otherwise I find them unacceptably hard. Some of the colors won't even draw on top of the Senneliers.
The MV pastels are whole higher order of softness. Sennelier makes some of the best pastels available, but certain Sennelier colors wouldn't draw on top of the MVs. They're even fatter than Schmincke pastels, so they don't suffer from crayon-wide crumbling like the Senneliers, and feel better in the fingers. I wouldn't want to try detailed work with them, but for my usual broad treatment they were perfect. Now, the Senneliers are going to become the backup brand, and the Rembrandts may get donated to a student.
(Above: Nude 1 and Nude 2, pastel and gouache on paper, February 24, 2006, both about 10 inches wide. Update: New color-corrected images as of Tuesday morning.)