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I cant wait for the next session, I never thought that I would be able to produce paintings as good as I do thanks to your tuition
I did a 3 month course with Colin and found a love for pastels. Learned more in those 3 months than I did on a two year, very expensive college course . Thank you Colin, you will always be fondly thought of when I pick up my pencils.
Colin is one of the best art teachers I have come across. I have paid for several online courses and have always been disappointed until I came across Colin Bradley Art, Colin is not only an excellent artist he is also a great teacher and his website is very competitive with new projects regularly added it is worth every penny. Thank you Colin and please keep up the great work.
I’d never used pastel pencils before. I started with a couple of free tutorials, but I’ve now paid up for the yearly membership which gives access to loads more and includes digital projects and feedback on your work. Such a relaxing hobby and, with the advice given, you can produce acceptable work from the start! You won’t look back!
An excellent artist and teacher. I learned so much from Colin and could never have done the pictures I do now without his help and patience. Thank you Colin.
This site will change your life! You’ll discover hidden talents you never thought possible. Each picture will test you beyond what you ever thought is possible.
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Have You Always Wanted To Learn To Draw?
Have you always wanted to learn to draw but things have gotten in the way? Maybe you haven’t felt confident enough. Maybe you’ve thought it was too hard or you’ve had a bad experience in the past. Maybe you haven’t had time until now. My name’s Colin Bradley and when I was at school I loved drawing.
One day I was doing a picture of a firework display using coloured chalks. I was really proud of my achievement and couldn’t wait for the teacher to come round to see it. When he did come round he said: “That’s rubbish. You’ll never be any good at art.”
That one thoughtless comment stayed with me for years until I plucked up the courage to pick up a brush and started doing watercolour paintings 28 years later. I loved doing landscape work but one day someone asked me to do a picture of their pet dog. I picked up my brush and it just wasn’t working. I thought I was sunk and couldn’t get past it – I felt stumped.
But then by chance I discovered Pastel Pencils and it turned the problem into a huge opportunity. I found them incredibly easy to use and discovered my own techniques to create irresistible paintings.
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Pastel Pencil Tutorials
If you enjoy my free pastel pencil course then you can choose to sign up to my membership programme where you can access well over a hundred hours of pastel pencil tutorials covering Animals, Landscapes, Portraits and Still Life. Membership starts at just £3.99 per month!
We add new courses to the programme each month so you’ll never run out of new projects to draw. Many of our students use the techniques learned from the videos to draw their own pictures. Some now do commissions for their own customers!
On top of being able to watch all of the videos, we’ve also included all of my downloadable workshop packs. These are written instructions and we have over 90 subjects which you can learn to draw using these packs. Once you download the packs, they are yours to keep.
Mixing Pastel Pencils & Watercolour
If you sign up for my free watercolour course, you’ll notice that I take a different approach to doing watercolour. I was never taught how to do watercolour, therefore thought I could do all the detail as I saw in old Victorian paintings. Turns out you can, and if you want to learn how to paint using my techniques then we have a range of watercolour tutorials available in my membership programme.
Not only does this detail look great in watercolour, but applying pastel pencils over the top looks even better. With some really stunning projects, I show you how to combine the two mediums successfully creating truly incredible pieces of art.
Benefits of using Pastel Pencils
The wonderful thing about using pastel pencils is that they already seem so familiar to use. I’m sure as children, we all tried colouring pencils and thoroughly enjoyed using them. Pastel Pencils are an extension of what we all loved and because they are in pastel form, the pictures we can produce are stunning.
Because the pastel is in pencil form, we have more control and can create the impression of fine details. Many people find soft pastel (myself included) a very messy medium and difficult to master. With Pastel Pencils there is no mess (unless you choose to blend with your finger which I do on occasions!). The Ingres pastel paper I use (Made by Fabriano) absorbs the pastel into the paper meaning that there’s no dust that can be harmful for those with respiratory problems such as Asthma.
When Pastel Pencils were first introduced, many used them as a sketching pencil or for adding details to soft pastel work. Both of these uses are fine and work well, however I found that extraordinary results can be achieved by using the Pastel Pencils alone. With the techniques and volume of information you will find on this website, I think you’ll agree with me.