I have a new resource for pastels artists!
The results of the opinion poll to find your favourite brand of pastel - which ran on Pastels - Resources for Artists from 2006 until this week - clearly showed Unison as being the most popular brand of pastels.
In honour of this achievement I've now created a new information site Unison Pastels - Resources for Artists. In this you can see
- images of the full range of available pastel sets - some of you who are familiar with Unison may well be surprised by the range of sets which are now available
- find out a lot more about them
- obtain details of how to get hold of them via Amazon or regular suppliers of art materials in the UK and USA
- An introduction to Unison Pastels
- Unison - the favourite make of soft pastels
- Unison Pastels - Portrait Sets
- Unison Pastels - Skin Tone Sets
- Unison Pastels - Eye Colour Set
- Unison Pastels - Red Sets
- Unison Pastels - Landscape
- Unison Pastels - Green Sets
- Unison Pastels - Saturated, Sunrise, Sunset and Shadow sets
- Unison Pastels Blues / Ocean
- Unison Pastels - Blue Green and Blue Green Earth Sets
- Unison Pastels - Yellow & Yellow Green Sets
- Unison Pastels - Orange Set
- Unison Pastels - Brown Earth
- MONOCHROME VALUES
- Pastel Supports
- UNISON SUPPLIERS
An invitation to review Unison Soft Pastels
I want to expand this new resource to include consumer reviews of Unison Soft Pastels by pastel artists.
If you've ever reviewed Unison Soft Pastels could please let me know and I'll add your review to this blog and to resource site. At present, I've included this review Pastel: Unison Review by Casey Klahn
If you've never written a review, aspects to consider for soft pastels include:
- range of colours (tonality, saturation and brilliance/subtlety)
- pigment load (and release)
- how robust / how easy to break
- how easy to blend
- mark-making qualities and consistency on supports
- 'feel' when making marks on different supports (and which support you find works best)
- supports you've used and results
- lightfastness - and tests you've done or changes you've observed when pastels are exposed to light
- quality of packaging (sets only)
- value for money (taking size and usability into account)
I'm particularly interested to receive reviews from anybody who has tried the special sets and those which only seem to be available in or from the USA.
Do let me know what you think either on this blog or the site itself.