I shamelessly nicked the idea of working in oil pastel and graphite from outsideauthority. OA’s recent pictures have a real sense of place and character and I liked OA’s looseness of working pencil into the layered colour.
My drawing started with shading blocked in from a graphite stick. When I applied the pastel, the graphite was taken up, creating satisfying textures and tones. However, the resulting image seemed lacking in freedom. I scrawled over it in blocks of colour obscuring much of the detail, rubbed into it with tissue and scraped back in with a penknife and hard graphite. I spent a little time later making minor adjustments to the composition so the structures of the lock stood out against the background.