Frustrated by the lack of color options and choices for very soft pastels, Terry Ludwig began experimenting with formulating his own pastels in 1995. His goal was to create a vast array of color in pastels that were uniformly soft across all densities of hue. The result was the development of intense colors, in unique hues that are unavailable in other pastel lines.
Intense Darks, the hallmark of the line, features bright acidic greens, a broad range of intense reds, and eggplant purples that have been described as "the new black."
Individual pastels measure approximately 1½" × ½" × ½" (38 mm × 13 mm × 13 mm). Because each pastel is
Cobalt Blues — This small set includes 10 values of Cobalt Blue, from near pure pigment to nearly white — a
Sunset Colors — This set of 14 sticks includes a
Ultramarine Blues — This set includes 10 values of Ultramarine Blue, from near pure pigment to nearly white. It's a valuable addition for any artist painting skies, water, or still lifes.
Violets, Set of 14 — Specially chosen by Terry Ludwig from his broad color range, the 14 Violets in this set are the ones most requested by artists. Use these luscious pastels in landscapes, for florals or shadows — anywhere you want to add a bit of drama! Set contents can be found in Item Specs Tab.
Basic Landscape Colors — Start your collection of Terry Ludwig Pastels with this set of 30 landscape shades. It includes a broad range of greens, browns, neutrals, and highlights.
Basic Portrait Colors — This set contains 30 assorted colors thate are absolute necessities for portrait artists!
Cool Greens — This set includes 30 distinct values of cool blue and green colors.
Intense Darks I — These are the hallmark of the Terry Ludwig Pastels line. Uniformly soft, without hard spots or crumbling, these darks are unrivaled in the industry. The set contains 30 colors, including bright, acidic greens, a broad range of intense reds, and the eggplant purples that have been described as "the new black."
Intense Darks II — This set includes 30 Intense Dark colors, including deeper, darker browns, rich turquoise, shadowy blues, and mysterious purples.
Maggie Price Grays, Set of 30 — Maggie Price explained it well when she wrote, "This is a set of 30 pastel sticks, five values each of six colors of gray. Not black-and-white gray, but blue-gray, purple-gray, green-gray, red-gray, teal-gray, and yellow/brown-gray ... colors I have searched for, wanted, and never had until now."
Neutral Greens — This set is a "must have" for the landscape painter. It's a great collection for still life and portrait painting as well! The set includes 30 colors.
Turquoise, Set of 30 — This is a set of 30 turquoise essentials for water and sky.
True Lights, Set of 30 — If you thought Terry Ludwig was all about the darks, come see the light! These soft super-light pastels don’t chip or crumble, but are as creamy as any other color in the line. The set of 30 soft pastels includes 15 colors, two truly light values of each, including Warm Red, Cool Red, Warm Yellow + Warm Red, Yellow Ochre, Warm Yellow, Green + Yellow Ochre, Green + Turquoise, Turquoise, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt, Warm Red + Cobalt, Violet, Raw Umber, Ultramarine Blue + Terra Rosa + Yellow Ochre, and Black.
Warm Greens — This set includes 30 distinct warm greens, organized by value. It is a wonderful addition to any landscape palette.
Arid Landscape, Set of 60 — Developed for high desert landscapes, this set of 60 pastels features neutral greens, clear blue skies, and a great selection of landscape basics.
Intense Darks — This set includes Intense
Maggie Price Basic Values — This set of 60 pastels is organized into 12 color families. Each family contains 5 values, arranged from darkest to lightest.
Plen Air Landscape Colors — Artist Deborah Paris personally chose this selection for landscape painters working in a variety of environments. The set includes 60 pastels.
Portrait II, Set of 60 — When the Portrait Society of America asked Terry Ludwig Pastels to be an elite vendor at its annual conference, Ludwig rose to the challenge. Working with an exclusive panel of noted portrait artists, he created an authoritative set of 60 portrait hues as an addition to his Basic Portrait
Richard McKinley Landscape, Set of 60 — A highly acclaimed landscape artist and a very popular instructor, Richard McKinley selected this set of landscape colors for his workshop students to use.
Southeast Landscape, Set of 60 — Humid and steamy, the American Southeast landscape contains warm greens, bright florals, and misty blues like nowhere else. Pastelist Marsha Savage put these unique colors together in a 60-piece set for artists of the Southeast, and worldwide, to enjoy.
Vibrants — The Vibrants Set is so juicy and bold, it's destined to be the next
Greens, Set of 90 — How many colors of green can the human eye see? Some say hundreds. Get a jump on your landscapes with this comprehensive set of 90 green pastels. This set includes all three of Ludwig’s 30-piece Green sets, delivered in three boxes of 30 sticks each.
Richard McKinley Landscape, Set of 60
Vibrants, Set of 60
Violets, Set of 14