Ann Soylst

Minneapolis, MN

www.annsoylst.com

2018 Booth #95

I work in chalk pastel on paper, drawing both real and imagined animals, in a naturalistic style. My work is rich in form and texture and grounded in technique without becoming stiff. Rather than focusing on realism, I try to think about believability. I am selective and precise in those details I do include and stay away from including details that, although accurate, may not add to the piece of art as a whole. I want my drawings to be playful and true to the character of my subjects.
Working from photos to reference color, shape, and texture of an animal, I draw a simple yet precise outline in charcoal. Next I block out shadow followed by color in chalk pastel. My color palette is often subdued and I rely on blending a few colors rather than adding many colors, to achieve a soft, yet clean form. From here I refine my drawing by building up details until I reach the desired balance of whimsy and realism.

 © Ann Soylst

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