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Paint & Draw Pastels

Paint & Draw Pastels

Paint & Draw Pastels

With their soft consistency and vibrant hues, pastel has proven to be one of the most versatile mediums for artists. Made from pure pigment, these sticks of colour can tackle any subject, from sombre landscapes to popping portraits. However, mastering this medium can be tricky – not just for beginners but for seasoned artists, too. In Paint & Draw: Pastels, find out how to choose the perfect pastels for your project, from acquiring the right toolkit to mastering essential techniques. Elsewhere, learn how to use the medium to bring your creations to life, from dynamic still-life scenes to portraits and landscapes.

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1 min.
welcome to paint&draw pastels

With their soft consistency and vibrant hues, pastel has proven to be one of the most versatile mediums for artists. Made from pure pigment, these sticks of colour can tackle any subject, from sombre landscapes to popping portraits. However, mastering this medium can be tricky – not just for beginners but for seasoned artists, too. Over the following pages, find out how to choose the perfect pastels for your project, from acquiring the right toolkit to mastering essential techniques. Elsewhere, learn how to use the medium to bring your creations to life, from dynamic still-life scenes to portraits and landscapes.…

1 min.
paint & draw pastels

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15 min.
an introduction to pastels

The advantages of working in pastels are manifold, but first and foremost, for me at least, is the beautiful range of colours that are available. Secondly, it’s a very tactile medium, which can be applied in so many different ways, and it has been further expanded by the development of pastel primers. Thirdly, there is a huge array of different surfaces to choose from, which can be overwhelming for beginners. Each has its own particular properties, and so there are endless opportunities to experiment and explore. It is a very forgiving and expressive medium, and you can be vibrant yet subtle. Pastels can come in five different forms – soft, hard, pastel, pan and oil. For this tutorial, we will be predominantly using soft pastels. Even by using just one or…

2 min.
how to illustrate animal eyes

Drawing eyes is something that I get asked about often. There are some critical, yet simple steps to remember that will improve the end result. In this short article, we’ll cover those key elements in relation to feline eyes, but the same principles will apply for most animals. I’ve used pastel pencils on Pastelmat for this leopard piece. Follow these steps… 1 Being aware of the eye’s anatomy will helps you understand where everything how the eye works and how fur sits around it. For example, the lacrimal gland over this eye will cause the fur to curve up and over it ridging slightly, forming the eyebrow and giving a shadow underneath it. I’ll reflect that when I add the fur. 2 Here, see how underlying structures influence form. Remember that the eyeball is…

2 min.
create lush dense fur in pastels

This feisty little Scottish wildcat is a perfect model for practising fur texture with. Here, I am working with pastels on velour, but the main principles hold true for any type of pastel paper. I like to use velour for two reasons. First, it takes plenty of layers before it becomes saturated, and second, the soft ‘tooth’ adds to the final texture that you’re trying to achieve. Knowing the make-up of your subject can help too. Scottish wildcats are ‘true fur’ animals, which means they have a thick downy underlayer designed to keep them warm, and a more wiry outer layer to protect them from rain. Knowing this make-up helps you understand what you’re aiming for. With the method I’m showing here, the colour and marks are laid down in three…

2 min.
create bird feathers

Here, I will offer some hints and tips on how to give bird feathers a more three-dimensional finish, using a recent commission of an osprey as an example. For this artwork I used Rembrandt soft pastels and a mixture of Derwent and Cretacolor pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes Touch paper, with a fine sandpaper-like texture. I have acquired many pastel pencils over the years, and use Derwent for its softer texture, while Cretacolor is harder and can be sharpened to fine point for the details. For most of my artwork, I like my paper to have a little ‘tooth’. However, if I’m creating a human portrait for instance, a more absorbent paper such as Clairefontaine Pastelmat is better, as it allows for blending to a smoother finish for skin. Follow these steps… 1…