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Step 3: Sculpting the Forms

Begin roughly sculpting the shapes in your drawing. Still working with Real Soft Pastel, lay in more color over your subject, allowing your strokes to follow the direction of the forms. For this piece, I sized the brush to about 40–50 pixels to paint broad strokes of color and value.

Now resize the Real Soft Pastel to about 30 pixels, adding smaller curved and angled strokes that follow the direction of the forms. To give my simple composition more interest, I used angled strokes to paint varied purple, cream, and brown colors on the background and on the table (see Figure 8).

Figure 8

Figure 8 Sculpting the forms with curved and angled strokes of varied color.

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