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Do oil pastels work better on paper with more teeth?

Oil pastels work well on paper with a fairly high tooth level. It helps it "grab" the color -- a "toothier" paper is better than a smoother paper. I'll borrow this diagram I used in a similar answer. ...
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How can I store my oil pastels?

So the main considerations for storing oil pastels are: The individual pastels are kept separate, so that they do not bleed into one another They are kept reasonably cool (room temperature, ~20ºC is ...
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Which kind of tool can be used to spread one oil pastel colour over another?

One way to simply keep your thumb clean is to wrap it in a paper towel or cloth. This doesn't really resolve the problem of thumb size, however -- indeed, it makes your thumb larger. For finer detail ...
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Technical advice to improve working with oil pastels

user18894 is correct in that the quality of your media is reflected in the quality of the art work but there are some other things you could consider. First the paper you use is very important. You ...
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Technical advice to improve working with oil pastels

The problem is not in your drawing - it's in the pastels. There are some media in which the quality of the materials you use make a huge difference, and oil pastels is one of them. (I also didn't like ...
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Which kind of tool can be used to spread one oil pastel colour over another?

With oil pastels, I've actually found that using an eraser will help smudge it. If you have a fine eraser, that's decently thin, you should be able to use it to smudge in small areas. When you want ...
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What is the way to color tiny parts of a picture with oil pastels?

One method is to use a small piece of the pastel and some solvent to create an 'oil paint' and with a brush complete the high detail components. Oil pastel pigment can be manipulated with a brush ...
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Since oil pastels require layering of colors on the top of each other, how am I supposed to see the underlying sketch?

If you're able, a Tracer projector could suit your needs. You place it over a small sketch and it magnifies it. No digital images required. Any other kind of normal digital projector will work too - ...
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Is it safe to use the tip of a hot glue gun to melt crayons?

It will work, as high temperatures melt the crayons, regardless of the device you use, but in all cases I'd suggest doing it in a well-ventilated room or outside, as the fumes are a little toxic. ...
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Photo of Ruins, how to Paint it as if it is in original Time period

I can tell you with certainty that architecture like this does exist, is still being built and is pretty common in Europe, for example in Halle or Leipzig, Germany. You can also see examples of it in ...
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How to fix the nose in this portrait of soft oil pastels?

To me the proportions look right. I think your problem is the contrast in color between the tip of the nose and the skin above the upper lip. In your reference picture there is a very soft and ...
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How to fix the nose in this portrait of soft oil pastels?

The nose may not be the problem, it may just be inheriting one. Check the space between the eyes and the mouth. I find it is a common problem in my own drawing to make that distance too long and ...
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Do oil pastel pencils exist?

Part of the confusion may be the nomenclature. There are oil pastel pencils, but they aren't like oil paint in a pencil body. Colored pencil "lead" (the core), is generally pigment (colored ...
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Do oil pastel pencils exist?

I've never come across anything resembling wood-encased solid oil pastel cores, but was able to find "oil-based soft core pastel pencils" by Schpirerr - these can easily be found online. ...
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Anything better than baby oil for blending oil pastels?

Baby oil/mineral oil will never dry by evaporation like turpentine or mineral spirits ( AKA naptha , VM & P). It will not polymerize like boiled linseed oil or plain linseed oil. It may be drawn ...
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Technical advice to improve working with oil pastels

I’d take a look at three things: The shape of the mountain peaks - could they be drawn with more natural lines and angles? They are all triangular in shape and about the same size (save for the one ...
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Rockstar theme background to enhance hand-drawn Painting

When I used pencil, oil pastel, marker, pen & color pencil to design an artwork relate to this kind of stuff before, it is a good result. It like Rock n roll, urban, entertainment, graffiti kind ...
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Do oil pastels work better on paper with more teeth?

Oil pastels work well on many surfaces, so I would suggest you try a variety of papers and other substrates and see which you like best. A usefull site discussing this topic can be found here.
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Is it really necessary to spray oil pastels with a fixative?

Are you planning on using the tiny paper type oil pastels or moving up to oil sticks to work on the canvas? Despite the approved answer I would hesitate to use spray fix on oil pastels and definitely ...
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Is it really necessary to spray oil pastels with a fixative?

If you don't want the artwork destroyed, then yes. Any contact with unfixed pastel (oil or chalk) will smudge it. This includes contact through the plastic bags you're dropping the art into. An artist-...
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