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Unveiling Pastel Pencil Demonstrations

Back when I would travel the country doing demonstrations at shows and art groups, I would show off just how good the pastel pencils can be. I loved this part of the job because of the audience reaction. The "oohs" and "aahs" were actually audible [...]

By | 2019-02-25T10:14:59+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Landscapes, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Enhance a Background using Colour Shapers

Colin uses Colour Shapers to add something special to this Ballet Dancer picture. To purchase colour shapers click here. The larger one Colin uses in the background is the Size 6 Chisel Ivory Shaper and can be purchased here. Get ALL our Courses for just [...]

By | 2018-05-16T15:31:42+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Portraits, Tips & Techniques|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

Drawing & Shading a Cowboy Hat in Graphite

In this clip Colin shows you how to use shading effects with different graphite pencils. This is a snippet from Colin's Hopalong Cassidy tutorial available on his website. The pencils used are Faber-Castell's Aquarelle Graphite 5 Pencil Set. Get all our courses for just £14.99 [...]

By | 2018-04-03T12:37:11+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Learning Perspective in Animals or Landscapes

We had a question recently from one of our students Desmond. He asked: "Hello I am trying to get into drawing and I've been reading up about perspective but not to sure whether that will have anything in drawing animals and landscapes. If you could [...]

By | 2018-03-30T20:10:00+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Animal Tips, Landscapes, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Choosing Pastel Pencils for Drawing a Hare

One of our members Mike sent in a picture of a Hare that he would like to do. Mike wrote: Hi Colin, I have this minute just watched your drawing of the Hare. I am about to have a go at the attached Image, using [...]

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