This course teaches a nice balance of the mechanics involved with making a beautiful still life drawing in pastel, but also having an interpretive, artistic mindset while doing it. It discusses what to focus on, embrace and likewise, abandon as you’re drawing. We will explore how to find the “art” in art-making, how to understand and effectively utilize some basic techniques, but be guided by the spirit of your subject. It is meant for the complete novice equipped with basic art materials. It is also meant to be a concise, efficient class that offers lots of great information in a small amount of time.
You will be carefully supported and guided through the entire process, from discussing which materials you will need, onto accurate measuring in order to replicate the image realistically. From there we will walk through how to add value including shading. When we are finished, you will walk away with a new set of skills you can use to create more beautiful drawings.
Welcome to Realistic Pastel Drawing for Beginners! My name is Diane, and I've been teaching art for 11 years. I will guide you through the process of learning how to draw a realistic image from a photograph using chalk pastel. You will learn accurate measuring techniques, coloring and shading, how to add rich textures and details, and how to add finishing touches that make the image stand out.
In this video, we will cover the materials you will need in this course:
Pastels (If you're buying pastels for this course, try to get NuPastel brand, so that we have the same type. This will be especially helpful if you wish to adhere strictly to what I'm doing, because I will be specifically naming off the colors I'm using as we work. If you already have pastels, just use yours and improvise with the colors choices).
For NuPastel 96 Color users, here is the list of colors you will use in this course. Download the attached color guide for examples of colors.
Here you'll learn how to accurately measure distances and angles from your reference photo, and transfer them to your paper.
In this section, you'll learn how to make your basic line drawing for the pear.
Here we'll apply our first layers of red for the background.
In this lecture, we'll add our first subtle shadows We'll also discuss how to circumvent potential flaws in the pastel medium itself, which may create a roadblock.
Here, we'll enhance and darken the foreground shadows.
Here we'll be finishing the foreground coloring and putting in the dark background.
In this lecture, you'll learn how to apply the first layer of colors for the pear.
Here, we'll use scratch paper to practice blending techniques specific to the pear and we'll explore fearlessness!
In this lecture, you'll put in the main stem color and add more layers of shading to the pear body.
Now you'll get to darken shadows, add reflected light and refine the form of the pear to create a real sense of space and three-dimensional shape.
Here I'll talk about things we will do to enjoy wrapping up this drawing and getting it frame-ready!
In this lecture, you'll add more detail to the stem and do some "nearly done" touch ups.
Here you'll refine the background and edges of the pear, and you'll add the shadow at the base of the stem.
In this section, you'll learn how to add the speckles on the skin of the pear as well as the brightest highlights. We'll also discuss how to sign your drawing.
In this video, we'll revisit what we got to do in this course, and what you got to learn! You learned how to:
And I hope you had a fantastic time doing it!
Diane Julia Flick majored in art during college and went on to graduate school, receiving her M.A. in Humanities with a creative study emphasis in 2001. She has been making art her whole life and teaching art to children and adults since 2005. She loves to share this joy with folks who are interested in the same.
In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, playing her ukulele, dancing, and wearing wigs while talking about herself in the third person. Though truth be told, she hasn’t actually tried that last bit about the third person self-talk yet. She conceived of it upon writing this and is now anxious to give it a go.