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    DRAWING WITH PASTELS METHODS AND TECHNIQUES : How to draw or paint with hard and soft pastels / oil pastels

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    Basic Techniques for Pastels

    Basic Techniques for Pastels

    Pastels can be used in a variety of ways, outlined here. Each of these pastel techniques can be used on their own, or combined, to produce a pastel painting. There is no right or wrong way. As with so many things in painting, it comes down to what you enjoy doing with your pastels.

    Choosing Your Pastel Paper

    Choosing Your Pastel Paper

    Choosing the right pastel paper to use with your pastels can be confusing.

    Demonstration: Still Life in Soft Pastel

    Demonstration: Still Life in Soft Pastel

    You may be surprised that there is generally much planning involved in painting. Several things must be considered. Follow along as we go through the process

    Drawing With the End of a Pastel

    Drawing With the End of a Pastel

    The simplest way to use a pastel is to draw with the end, holding it as you would a pencil or pen. The resultant line has great expression, conveying a sense of the gesture you made.

    How To Draw Using Pastels

    How To Draw Using Pastels

    On a recent trip to the beach I found a scallop shell half buried in the sand. something about the simplicity of the image made me want to draw it, so I took a quick snapshot for reference later.

    How to Draw Grass in Oil Pastels

    How to Draw Grass in Oil Pastels

    If you're doing urban landscapes with parks, fountains, suburban homes or townhouses, you'll need to draw grass. A bright green lawn may even cover a substantial area of your painting. How to give that lawn a good texture with some variations in color and shading is tricky. I've come up with a method of layering gestural texture strokes in different hues and values that blends together over large areas to give the impression of short-clipped grass.

    New To Oil Pastels : Find Out More

    New To Oil Pastels : Find Out More

    Using oil pastels provides a dust-free way of drawing and painting with vibrant colors on a wide variety of surfaces.

    Oil Pastels 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Painting with Oil Pastel

    Oil Pastels 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Painting with Oil Pastel

    If you’re interested in trying artist-grade oil pastels you should either look for an inexpensive small set in one of the major artist-grade brands, or choose your favorite painting colors and put together your own palette from open stock.

    Pastel Drawing Tutorial – Pink Orchids

    Pastel Drawing Tutorial – Pink Orchids

    For this second pastel drawing demo, I used the picture of two pink orchids highly sunlit from the top left. The two orchid flowers protrude from the background which is composed of elongated leaves rising from the ground. The lower background is shadowed and makes the orchids stand out even more with color and shape contrast.

    Painting Fur - A Step by Step Pastel Art Demo of a Lion Cub

    Painting Fur - A Step by Step Pastel Art Demo

    Wherever I display my Art, people want to know how it was done. I am now putting together some workshop pieces to show how my paintings are developed stage by stage and the techniques I use to achieve them.

    Pastels Lesson

    Pastel Lesson

    All about choosing pastels, paper, and techniques for using them.

    Pastel Artists Pastel Tutorials

    Pastel Artists Pastel Tutorials

    Many of the documents offered for download from this page are presented in PDF format. To view a PDF document in your Web browser you must have the Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader plug-in. If you do not have this plug-in, simply click to download and install. If you wish to comment on any of the tutorials, you may use the comment box at the bottom of this page.

    Pastel Painting Step-by-Step Seascape Demonstration

    Pastel Painting Step-by-Step Seascape Demonstration

    There were two inspirations for this step-by-step pastel painting: first the visit to the dramatic coastline at Tsitsikamma, on South Africa's Garden Route (see reference photos), and second the acquisition of a set of Unison turquoise pastels.

    Pastel Tutorial - How to Draw with Pastels (Grand Haven Lighthouse)

    Pastel Tutorial- How to Draw with Pastels (Grand Haven Lighthouse)

    I am using Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils and Rembrandt Stick Pastels for this tutorial. The paper I am using is gray Canson Mi Tientes.

    Pastels Drawing Page Step by Step

    Pastels Drawing Page Step by Step

    How to Draw a Still life in Pastels, step by step.

    Plein Air Painting Demonstration – City Of Rocks wtih Pastels

    Plein Air Painting Demonstration – City Of Rocks wtih Pastels

    Plein Air Painting Demonstration – City Of Rocks with Pastels

    Seascape Pastel Tutorial you can Download

    Seascape Pastel Tutorial you can Download
    I find it an honor that other artists have sought to gain some insight into the way I work either through watching my videos on youtube or by emailing me and seeking my advice.

    Selecting Colors for Pastel Painting

    Selecting Colors for Pastel Painting

    The quickest, and easiest way to get hold of a selection of pastels is to buy a ready-made set. All of the major artists' quality pastel manufacturers do sets (see Which are the Best Pastel Brands). These range in size from ones as small as six sticks, to large wooded boxes covering their full range.

    Starting To Use Soft and Hard Pastels and Pastel Pencils

    Starting To Use Soft and Hard Pastels and Pastel Pencils

    Soft and hard pastels have been around since the 16th century and have been used by some of the world's most famous artists.

    Watercolor and Pastel Painting Demonstration – Let’s Paint Winter Snowwy Woods!

    Watercolor and Pastel Painting Demonstration – Let’s Paint Winter Woods!

    Watercolor and Pastel Painting Demonstration – Let’s Paint Winter Woods!

    About Pastels - With more paste, less pigment can be added. Brilliance is diminished. Pastelists combine types of pastels, using soft ones for their brilliance of hue and semihard ones for drawing and detail. Soft pastels crumble easily, while harder ones with more binder are more durable. You have a choice between durability and brilliance.

    An Introduction to Pastel Drawing & Painting - Pastels are a wonderful medium to work with. If you are used to painting in wet mediums like oils and acrylics then you should give pastels a try. They are a very refreshing and enjoyable approach to creating art. This article will introduce you to the various pastel mediums that are available as well as touch on a few pastel panting and drawing techniques that you can incorporate into your next work of art.

    Before You Buy Pastel Supplies - Pastels are sticks of ground pigment mixed with chalk and gum or oil, then shaped into drawing sticks. Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on the paper by overlaying or blending.

    Making Your First Pastel Drawing - Pastel drawing involves the use of a type of paint that comes in the form of a substance that resembles chalk. You can have hard, semi-soft, or soft pastels, and all of these are good for different pastel drawing techniques. If you are just starting to learn about pastels I would suggest trying the different types and finding out which one work best for you.

    Pastel Accessories for Pastel Drawing and Charcoal - Using a few, well chosen pastel accessories with your pastels can greatly enhance the quality of your work.

    Techniques for Oil Pastels - Oil Pastels may rank as one of the most versatile art supplies you can ever invest in. Almost any medium intended for use with oil painting will work well with them, and you can get effects similar to most types of oil paintings using those mediums on canvas or gessoed hardboard.

     

     

     

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