Pastel Painting Lessons & Techniques

Welcome to the pastel painting and drawing section of CreativeSpotlite.com. On the following pages you will find a great selection of step by step oil pastel painting and drawing demonstrations, techniques and tips that I am sure you will enjoy. The art instruction on the following pages has been generously donated by professional artists from all over the world. We are most grateful for their generosity and we hope you enjoy! Happy painting!

Step By Step Pastel Painting Lessons

  • Pan Pastel and Ink Art Demonstration

    Pan Pastel Painting Demo

    by Katherine Herriman

    A few weeks ago, I blogged about finding my arty sea legs. I mentioned my plan to focus on two particular techniques and a colour palette I’ve come to adore. In this tutorial, I’ll introduce you to both.The first technique I adopted after reading about it on the blog of Natasha Newton when she very generously shared her particular style of dry-brushing. The other, I developed in response to my problem of not owning any PanPastels in dark shades and having difficulty creating shadows. Previously, I would only use Rangers Walnut Distress Ink to create shadows when using PanPastels but this was very time-consuming so I added another step using a Burnt Umber wash....

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  • Pastel Painting Tutorial of a Tiger Step by Step

    Pastel Drawing Demo of a Tiger

    by Eric Wilson

    I am using Royal Sovereign pastel paper as always, you will notice from the images below, that this painting started with very little drawing. This is often the case with my pastelworks. I like to make proportional marks where things might be, such as eyes, an outline or the stripes on the tiger, but these are no more than guide marks as any underdrawing would be immediately lost with the amount of pastel I lay ontop of it......

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  • Soft Pastel Drawing Tutorial Step by Step

    Soft Pastel Drawing Tutorial

    by Kari Tirrell

    I am using a picture of my dog for this demonstration. First, I cut a piece of suede matboard to the desired size (in this case, 10″ x 20″). I always tape the matboard to a stiff piece of cardboard so I can move it easily without touching the matboard while I paint. Next, I print a good quality picture of the reference on photo paper, then tape it above my matboard. I’ll be showing you pictures that include the reference because it is key to my process to see both the painting and the reference at the same time. I often walk away to take a look at the painting from a distance to check my values and the accuracy of my drawing....

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  • "Robert Dinero" - Pastel Portrait Demo

    Pastel Portrait Tutorial

    by Gerard Mineo

    ‘This is a step by step demonstration of my personal progression in the making of a portrait from a photograph. Forget all you know about oil painting technique if you have some, pastel painting steps are totally different. You can work the way you like, you don’t have to care about oil constraints. One rule, work the very highlights at the end, and sometimes, over the sprayed artwork. Beware, unlike oil painting, It is not easy to cover very dark areas with light colors. As information, I give the closest Rembrandt (R), Sennelier (Sen), Vang (V) or Quentin Latour (QL) , reference for any color I use when it is possible, to allow artists to use their traditional palette, but it will be only an approximation. I remind you, most of the colors. I use are home made....

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  • "Memories"

    Lachlan Donald

    by Mike Mahon

    I don't always have something to say, nor am I always inspired. Painting is enough of a struggle without the added burden of making a statement. Thus, I let the subject speak to me, and I simply serve as the editor and interpreter for my audience.

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  • Pastel Portrait Drawing Demonstration

    Pastel Demonstration by George Max

    By George Max

    For this pastel drawing I used the portrait of a little fellow from the highlands of Western Guatemala. His skin is burnt brown because of the cold climate there. He is wearing typical clothes and a decorated hat from the region; Todos Santos Cuchumatan. Although I printed the picture in my Canon iP1300 the colors came out bright so I used the picture in my screen for better reference to the colors, hues and shades.

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  • Still Life Pastel Drawing Demonstration

    Lachlan Donald

    By Dan Gray

    This beautiful pastel painting demonstration is courtesy of Dan Gray. Dan Gray’s pastels are impressions of the moment. Born in Vancouver B.C., he has worked in soft pastel since 1975. Always painting from live models... always ‘en plein air’ when painting the landscape. Enjoy this still life painting demonstration...

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  • September Sunflowers - Pastel Painting Demonstration

    Lachlan Donald

    By Dan Gray

    This beautiful pastel painting demonstration is courtesy of Dan Gray. Dan Gray’s pastels are impressions of the moment. Born in Vancouver B.C., he has worked in soft pastel since 1975. Always painting from live models... always ‘en plein air’ when painting the landscape

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  • Plein Air Painting Demonstration - City Of Rocks - By Jo Castillo

    Lachlan Donald

    By Jo Knoblock Castillo

    Jo Knoblock Castillo has always had an interest in art and working with her hands. Whether it was cooking, sewing or making gifts, she was happy to be “doing”. While living in Bolivia, she finally rediscovered her love of painting. Her interest is in landscapes and paintings that have connections to her life.

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  • Solar Living

    Lachlan Donald

    By Mike Mahon

    This demonstration is based on a photo of the Taos mountains taken in the early evening from El Prado, a suburb in the northern part of Taos, New Mexico

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  • Down East Sunset

    Lachlan Donald

    During a trip to my family's summer home in Maine, my dad suggested a drive around to the "back shore," or ocean-side, of the island. The time was just after sunset on a rather bleary day, and I was struck by the muted but many-hued colors of the sky and water.

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  • Step By Step Pastel Portrait

    Lachlan Donald

    By Nancy Moskovitz

    I truly don't recall how many painting sessions it took to reach this stage. The delicacy of flesh tones has fascinated artists for centuries. Pastels are perfect for the subtle variations that define her form in a soft or front light.

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  • Sandy and Charlie - Pastel Demonstration

    Lachlan Donald

    By Lesley Ann Hartman

    In response to many enquiries I have put together this demonstration page which gives a little information regarding how to build up pastel artwork. The picture itself is of a commission which is now in Ontario Canada and is of two much loved family dogs.

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  • Pastel Pet Portrait Demo

    Lachlan Donald

    By Julia Morton

    When I paint a portrait, I often use several photographs as reference -- one for colour, one for composition, and maybe another that shows a close up of the facial features. Here are the basic steps that I follow

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  • Soft Pastel Demo

    Lachlan Donald

    By Dan Gray

    A demo of a pastel painted Febuary 17th '04, at Ships Point, Gulf of Georgia. A "Calm Day".

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  • Pastel Demonstration

    Lachlan Donald

    By Betsy Kellum

    Using a pastel pencil, I sketch the setup on German made Ersta sanded paper. The sanded paper gives me plenty of tooth to work with, since I like to put many layers of pastel, and this paper can hold lots of pigment...

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  • Audubon Marsh

    Lachlan Donald

    By Amy Sanders, PPSCC

    Winter is a quiet time on old Cape Cod (not as quiet as it used to be, but still pretty quiet). One particularly cold and windy day (about 20 degrees with a strong 15 mph or so bitter wind whipping off the water) a friend asked me if I was interested in going for a walk along the Wellfleet Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary's marsh walk. I cannot imagine what she was thinking choosing such a cold day, or what I was thinking when I accepted, but it was incredibly beautiful

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  • Child's Portrait in Pastel

    Lachlan Donald

    By Liz van der Werff

    Child's Portrait in Pastel - Animated Step-By-Step from Photo to Fine Art

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  • "Out on the Open Ocean"

    Lachlan Donald

    By Amy Sanders, PPSCC

    Last summer, I took my brother's family on a whale watch off the coast of Cape Cod while they were visiting from Santa Fe. The weather was positively spectacular and we saw plenty of very active whales. This is the first in a series of paintings that I hope will come from the oodles of photographs that I took (with my new digital camera) on that trip.

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  • Apple Tutorial in Pastels

    Lachlan Donald

    By Colin Bradley

    This tutorial will show you how to draw an apple using pastel pencils in 6 easy steps.

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  • Laying Dog

    Lachlan Donald

    By Colin Bradley

    Step by step pastel pencil drawing of a dog.

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  • Pastel Portrait: Step-by-Step

    Lachlan Donald

    By Sharon Barrett Kennedy

    I usually work from photographs. While it's often helpful to see the subject in person, I don't have time nor a place to arrange sittings. I frequently work very late at night, and since I do artwork in and around everything else in my life, working from a photograph far better fits my schedule!

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  • Tabby Cat Pastel Pencil Lesson

    Lachlan Donald

    By Colin Bradley

    Step by step pastel pencil drawing tutorial of a cat.

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