Pastel Pencil Blog

Regular Articles and Videos added by Colin Bradley


How to Colour an African Serval Ear with Pastel 🐱

In this quick video clip Colin will show you how to draw a realistic African Serval Ear. You'll learn how to layer colours from light to dark using Pastel Pencils to create stunning effects. The pencils he uses are Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils and on [...]

By | 2019-07-24T09:33:57+00:00 July 24th, 2019|Animal Tips|0 Comments

Adding White Highlights Over Other Colours

Making white appear bright over other colours is a common dilemma when using Pastel Pencils. One of our students Judy experienced this recently and sent in the following email: I have a question using a white pastel pencil to highlight and add finishing strokes over [...]

By | 2019-07-23T08:36:08+00:00 July 23rd, 2019|Animal Tips, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Renoir’s “The Apple Seller” – Podcast #208

In this episode of the Podcast Colin talks about his reproduction of Renoir's "The Apple Seller" in Pastel. We discuss: - How you approach a picture that is more impressionistic compared to realism - what aspect of realistic pictures requires an impressionistic touch? - How [...]

By | 2019-07-16T16:00:50+00:00 July 16th, 2019|Podcasts|0 Comments

Tips for Robyn’s Peaches – Getting a “Realistic” Look

Robyn sent in her picture of the Peaches project asking for some advice. Robyn writes: "So...a few things... 1. I am still new at pastels and so I'm not always sure if I'm pressing too hard; 2. Blending edges is hard for me. I didn't [...]

By | 2019-05-28T13:51:39+00:00 May 28th, 2019|Picture Feedback, Still Life Tips|0 Comments

Help with Charles’ Cardinals Background

Charles sent us his Cardinals picture that he is working on and asked for some advice on the background. Charles has a membership which enables him to request advice on his work as well as access all our lessons. Charles writes: Hi, Steve and Colin, [...]

By | 2019-05-20T15:13:51+00:00 May 20th, 2019|Animal Tips, Picture Feedback|0 Comments