Realistic Pastel Drawing for Beginners
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Realistic Pastel Drawing for Beginners

Recreating a Realistic Image from a Photograph
4.3 (3 ratings)
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Created by Diane Flick
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will come away from this class with your own beautiful interpretation of this image rendered in chalk pastel
  • You will also acquire the skills it takes to render this image including how to draw a simple, realistic object
  • How to mix colors in pastel
  • How to control the medium (i.e. create sharp edges or blended ones)
  • how to replicate fabric texture and the shiny surface of a classical still life object, a piece of fruit
  • How to create believable shadows and highlights on those surfaces
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  • This class requires an open mind and an enthusiasm for learning to draw
  • This class is for beginners, no experience is necessary

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • The complete beginner or the pastel dabbler who wants to acquire skills in realistic drawing techniques
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Introduction & Preparation
4 Lectures 05:39

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. 

Preview 01:10

In this video, you will learn how to best prepare for this course.

Preview 01:07

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. 

  • 324-P (dark purple red)
  • 216-P (purple red)
  • 206-P (raspberry red)
  • 336-P (fire engine red)
  • 296-P (cantaloupe orange)
  • 298-P (dark forest green)
  • 305-P (dark blue green)
  • 257-P (yellow-orange)
  • 212-P (bright yellow)
  • 217-P (light yellow)
  • 211-P (white)
  • 333-P (beige)
  • 353-D (dark brown)
  • 276-P (ivory)

Additional Supples: 

  • Paper with frame on it (any kind as long as it is meant for chalk pastel)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Drawing board
  • Reference photo taped up on drawing board
  • Spray fixative (optional)

To Start: 

  • Use a rule to draw a frame on your page to match the size of your printed image (ex: the image should print 8x10", so draw a frame of 8x10" on your paper to match. If you print your image at a different size, just match that when making your frame). 
Preview 02:09

Sometimes you'll get a pastel color that doesn't lay down color well, in this video you will see what that looks like. When this occurs, you can try to smooth it out, or substitute a color for something similar. 

Preview 01:13
3 Lectures 14:17

Welcome to the world of measuring and drawing!

Preview 00:14

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.

Adding Color
6 Lectures 26:15
Oh boy!  Now it's time to add color!
Preview 00:16

Here we'll apply our first layers of red for the background.

  • 336 P - Fire Engine Red
Coloring the Background: Part 1

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.

  • 324 P - Dark Purple Red
  • 336 P - Fire Engine Red
Coloring the Background: Part 2

Here, we'll enhance and darken the foreground shadows.

  • 298 P - Dark Forest Green
  • 336 P - Fire Engine Red 
  • 305 P - Dark Blue Green
Coloring the Background: Part 3

Here we'll be finishing the foreground coloring and putting in the dark background.

  • 296 P - Cantaloupe Orange
  • 324 P - Dark Purple Red 
  • 336 P - Fire Engine Red 
  • 305 P - Dark Blue Green 
  • 298 P - Dark Forest Green
Coloring the Background: Part 4
Coloring the Pear
4 Lectures 17:54

In this lecture, you'll learn how to apply the first layer of colors for the pear.

  • 257 P - Bright Yellow
  • 324 P - Dark Purple Red
Coloring the Pear

Here, we'll use scratch paper to practice blending techniques specific to the pear and we'll explore fearlessness!

More Blending Techniques

In this lecture, you'll put in the main stem color and add more layers of shading to the pear body.

  • 333 P - Beige
  • 217 P - Light Yellow 
  • 257 P - Bright Yellow
  • 212 P - Yellow/Orange
Adding Shading to the Pear

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.

  • 336 P - Fire Engine Red
  • 324 P - Dark Purple Red 
  • 305 P - Dark Blue Green
Darkening the Core Shadow
Finishing Touches
5 Lectures 15:53

Here I'll talk about things we will do to enjoy wrapping up this drawing and getting it frame-ready!

Introduction to Finishing Touches

In this lecture, you'll add more detail to the stem and do some "nearly done" touch ups.

  • 353 P - Dark Brown
  • 333 P - Beige 
  • 276 P - Ivory 
  • 336 P - Fire Engine Red 
  • 298 P - Dark Forest Green
Stem Details, Shadow and Highlights

Here you'll refine the background and edges of the pear, and you'll add the shadow at the base of the stem.

  • 305 P - Dark Blue Green
  • 336 P - Fire Engine Red 
  • 296 P - Cantaloupe Orange 
  • 333 P - Beige 
  • 257 P - Bright Yellow
Refining Background and Edges

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.

  • 333 P - Beige
  • 276 P - Ivory 
  • 324 P - Dark Purple Red
Preview 05:02

Here we'll talk about how and when to use spray fixative to protect your drawing.

Preview 00:46
1 Lecture 00:47

In this video, we'll revisit what we got to do in this course, and what you got to learn! You learned how to:

  •   measure and draw a simple image from a photo
  •   apply and manipulate chalk pastel
  •   use various types of shading to replicate three-dimensional form 
  •   create both hard and soft edges
  •   use different blending techniques
  •   create a few different textures: cloth, slick surface, speckles, wood

And I hope you had a fantastic time doing it!

Preview 00:47
About the Instructor
Diane Flick
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Artist and Art Teacher

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.