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What’s the Difference Between Hard Pastels and Soft Pastels?

In the tutorials on our website you will find that Colin uses Polychromos Pastel Sticks and also Soft Pastels. But what are the differences between the two and which ones should you get? What's the main difference between hard stick pastels such as Faber-Castell's Polychromos and [...]

By | 2018-09-10T22:57:08+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Matching Colours: Faber-Castell Pitt & Stablio Carbothello Pastel Pencils

If you have seen our videos or watched our courses then you will have noticed that we recommend and use the Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils, we love them and our students do too! We also know that when students are visiting us for the first [...]

By | 2018-08-22T17:30:29+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Materials & Pencils|0 Comments

Draw Your Own Pet With This Easy Grid System

Our pets are beloved members of our family, they mean the world to us! We take hundreds of photos of them (I'm looking at you, the ones with a dedicated pet instagram ;) ) and I'm betting (as you're here) you would love to draw [...]

By | 2018-06-23T12:14:59+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

1 Major Difference between PastelMat and Ingres Pastel Paper

We decided to film a video reply to a question that came in on Facebook from Charlotte, she asks: "I’m new to pastels and have bought the paper Colin advises but everyone keeps mentioning pastel mat - what’s the difference?" I hope this video helps [...]

By | 2018-06-12T11:09:52+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Materials & Pencils|0 Comments

How to Trace onto Dark Paper | White Tracedown Carbon

If you are tracing onto dark paper then the White Tracedown from Frisk is a great product. I've been using it a lot for my recent projects on dark pastelmat paper. If you want to purchase the White Tracedown then it's on sale on our [...]

By | 2018-04-10T10:51:37+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Different Base Colours for Darker Pastel Papers

One of our members Sue sent a really interesting question regarding using base colours for darker papers. Here's Sue's email: Could you please let me know, when you are demonstrating the base colours you use are they specific for that particular colour paper or would [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:12:58+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Tips for Creating Outline Drawings

In this quick video Colin offers tips for creating and adjusting your outline drawings on pastel paper before colour the picture using pastel pencils. The steps Colin refers to are: Make your outline drawing (either using Square Drawing Grids or free hand) Scan the drawing [...]

Using Alternative Pastel Papers for Pastel Pencil Work

Over the last few months we have received many emails and feedback comments regarding 'Pastelmat' pastel paper, some for and some against it's use with our pastel pencil medium. So I thought that you would be interested to hear how I view the use of [...]

By | 2017-04-28T22:55:26+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Materials & Pencils|0 Comments

Art Projectors & Tracing – Podcast #169

This week on the show we talk about using Art Projectors and other tracing methods. We talk using the square drawing grids and how to improve your eye for composition and proportions. We also talk about using the grain of the Ingres paper to your [...]

By | 2017-02-03T14:06:32+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Materials & Pencils, Podcasts|0 Comments