I did a bit of an investment and bought the 48 color neopastel set by Caran d’Ache, after I had tried the smaller one. An altered art book, overpainted with thinned oil color will suit me as support for a series of oil pastel sketches I want to do this year.
Drawing with oil pastels on a colored underground is great fun. The textures the brush strokes with oil colors created help to create interesting sketches. The random patches of color can be a great inspiration to try unusual color combinations. I apply the color with a very soft touch first to avoid that structures and other effects by the underpainting are not lost. I can always get the surface fully covered with oil pastel later by putting more pressure on the color sticks if wanted.
This is the scenery that I used for this sketch, picking some of the many elements seen .