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charcoal planets 1 v2

Pastel Planets 1
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We mentioned our little problems with spray varnish before. Above, you see the post-varnish version, with some pastel touchups. For comparison, below is the original before varnish. Notice the more subtle whites, the more detailed highlights, and the slightly different hues of color in the original. While it was still damp, we hit it with some pastel to brighten up the highlights and add the atmosphere around the moon in the foreground.

charcoal planets 1

Either way, we learned to scan – carefully – before varnish to get the “true” image. We just did this charcoal/pastel thing to relax, anyways. The paint takes a while to dry on the acrylic version in the kitchen.

planets in progress

We’ve painted this canvas, layer upon layer, at least four or five times. Why? Because we have no clue! It just sounded like it would be fun to paint planets. The first version really sucked. The second version, in primary colors below, also sucked, but the composition was better. It provides the basic layout for the current version.


From there, we just kept trying different things. Is a fan brush useful for a cloudy atmosphere? Do these colors merging in a wash look like anything? Can you do stars point by point or just flick some white paint? What abstract techniques suggest the textures of rings? Earth tones or comic book colors? … and so on. It’s just one big experiment, after all.