Pastel Course Materials

This blog post refers to the upcoming Learn to Draw with Pastel Course which begins on February 1st. Click here for details. Pastel Pencils For pastel pencils, I recommend Faber Castell Pitt Pencils and the colours suggested for this course are White, Black, Ivory, Light Flesh, Terracotta, Caput Mortem, Dark Naples Ochre, and a shadeContinue reading “Pastel Course Materials”

Learn to Draw with Pastel

A lot of people have been in touch to say they miss the group experience of the Facebook courses. For this reason, I am moving the Patreon monthly courses to Facebook groups in the hope it includes more people and those taking the courses can regain the group support they are missing out on. AnotherContinue reading “Learn to Draw with Pastel”

5 Common Struggles when Drawing or Painting Dogs

1. Black Dogs This is the the most common complaint I hear when teaching, and a reason a lot of people think a portrait of their dog might be impossible. Drawing or painting a black dog is no more difficult that a dog of any other colour. Once the reference photograph has enough light, especiallyContinue reading “5 Common Struggles when Drawing or Painting Dogs”

Blending Tool

For anyone who draws with pastel, have you ever tried using a blending tool? I find mine really great for areas of finer detail, the flat rubber or chamois end presses the pastel down and allows for much sharper detail. It’s not something I use all the time, I don’t find it useful for largerContinue reading “Blending Tool”

Learn to Draw a Collie with Pencil

Learn to draw a collie with this four part video course. Suitable for beginners, the materials required are pencils (I recommend 2H, HB and 9B), paper and a sharpener. This courses teaches how to layout a drawing from scratch without any aids such as a grid or projection. It also delves into various drawing techniquesContinue reading “Learn to Draw a Collie with Pencil”

Grey Wolf Pastel Tutorial

Learn to draw a Grey Wolf with pastel with this four part video course. Part 1 – Layout Drawing Learn to sketch freehand without the need for any grids or drawing aids. Part 2 – Features Learn to use patience and care to add realistic and characterful features. Part 3 – Layering Discover how toContinue reading “Grey Wolf Pastel Tutorial”

Learn to Draw your Dog; Choosing a reference

This post refers to the course ‘Learn to Draw your Dog‘. Please click here for details. Unless you are drawing an exceptionally patient dog, you should use a photograph as a reference for your drawing. Life drawing is a fantastic skill, especially for capturing movement and atmosphere, but as this course is focused on learningContinue reading “Learn to Draw your Dog; Choosing a reference”