Deer on Art board


White tailed Deer, pastel pencils and graphite on Illustration Board

I thought I would save some money and try using illustration board for pastels. Big mistake. Nothing blends properly and dust everywhere. It just absorbs and the light doesn’t reflect it properly. I finally just rubbed most of the colours together and it works, but not the face, I just couldn’t get the face right.

It was just an experiment, but I would like to try one more thing. I want to try making my own grit to spread on an art board and seeing if that is more cost effective.


I bought some spectra fix spray as fixative and will try that today. You just touch the art board on this and the pastel falls off.