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”

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”

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”