Draw Marilyn Monroe with Pastel Pencils

Welcome our free Pastel Pencil Course! We hope you're excited to give this subject a go as Colin was producing this course. Please see below how to get the outline drawing printed off and the pencils you need. With every tutorial Colin provides an outline [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|Portraits|5 Comments

Pastel Pencil Demonstrations Season 1 – Girl Portrait

Welcome to our Season 1 Subject - Girl Portrait. Colin will demonstrate techniques behind drawing this Girl Portrait using just 6 pastel pencils. The techniques you will learn will enable you to complete the full picture at your own pace. For this reason we have [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Pastel Pencil Demonstrations, Portraits|0 Comments

Common Pastel Pencils used for Skin Tones

Lyn sent in this great question regarding choosing colours: "Hi Colin, I have just started out with pastels and as yet don't have the full set of Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils, but could you tell me what colours I need to collect for doing skin [...]

By | March 9th, 2017|Portraits|0 Comments

Drawing an “Art Deco” Lady – Use Pastel Pencils?

This question came from one of our members Kerrie. She asked: "Hello Mr Bradley, I am looking for some advice, I am attempting to draw an 'Art Deco' lady but I am unsure where to start with the gold coloured beads and necklace. If you [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|Portraits|0 Comments

Draw Stunning Pastel Pictures with our Free Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn to draw and: Tried but Lack Confidence? Been Unable to Attend Art Classes? Had a Bad Experience with a Teacher? Tried other mediums and found them too difficult? What if you could: Feel Confident and In Control. Have a [...]

Lady in the Red Hat | Aquarelle Graphite Pencil Lesson

Welcome to Colin’s Lady in the Red Hat Tutorial. With every tutorial Colin provides an outline drawing, meaning that you do not have to draw the picture free-hand. We have provided this outline drawing below. Learn to draw and paint this picture using Aquarelle Graphite [...]

By | April 19th, 2016|Landscapes, Portraits, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Using the Putty Rubber to remove excess pastel layers

Maggie has sent me her picture of the young girl starter pack project and has asked for my feedback. Maggie was aware that the ribbons were too prominent but did not want to spoil the picture by altering them. It would have looked better if [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|Picture Feedback, Portraits|0 Comments

How To Draw a “Back Nude” Portrait using Pastel Pencils

Project Difficulty: Beginner Learn how to draw this Back Nude Portrait using just 6 Pastel Pencils: 101 white, 183 light yellow ochre, 131 medium flesh, 187 burnt ochre, 194 purple and 176 van dyck brown. Purchasing Materials: We sell all the materials you need in our shop. [...]

By | January 22nd, 2016|Portraits|2 Comments

When to Darken a Background on a Portrait Painting

Rachel has sent me her delightful painting and has asked for my feedback, Rachel writes: "This is the very first attempt to do a picture of my own, and I found it a bit scary. I did copy it and the original was much darker. [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|Portraits, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

The Sequence of Drawing a Portrait

We had a great question from Lucy who's giving our free portrait course a go: I am new to portrait drawing. Could you please tell me what is the usual sequence of doing a portrait? Eyes and other facial features first, or hair first?? Thanks, [...]

By | November 10th, 2015|Portraits, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments