Signing Artwork

24 Feb 2009

Q: Where and in what manner do you suggest signing a pastel work?

A: Signing an artwork, regardless of medium, in subjective. Most artists sign their artwork in the lower right-hand or left-hand corner. If you are going to mat your pastel, you should take into account the space that will be covered by the mat-—approximately 1/4" on all sides.

If your artwork has a lot of built-up pastel, you may want to use a very soft, opaque pastel, such as the Sennelier half stick or full stick, to sign your work. Any color will work well because Sennelier pastels have remarkable pigment strength, but you may want to choose a color that allows your signature to blend quietly with the colors in your piece. Some artists, however, prefer to use a strong contrasting color to enhance their signature. For a tight line in your signature, try a Cretacolor pastel pencil. Be sure to hand-sharpen the Cretacolor pastels before you use them because they are particularly hard.

--by Camille LaPointe-Lyons

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