I was clearing out a cupboard and found my oil pastels so it seemed like a good idea to stop cleaning and start creating.
I had a pack of three 6 x 6 inch Ampersand gessobords so decided to see how oil pastel worked on one.
I put a fairly thick basecoat down first which I then blended, using my finger for larger areas and a colour shaper for the smaller. On top of that I started adding more colour for the details, again using a colour shaper to draw out fine hairs. I kept the end of the shaper damp which I found made it easier to move through the pastel without dragging the colour in uneven strokes.
Once there was a thick layer of oil pastel I scratched into it using the broken end of a paintbrush (Cody was responsible for the demise of my brush) to create even finer hairs and the whiskers.
I was pleasantly surprised with the detail I could achieve.