Pastel Landscape Mastery – Introduction

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"Pastel Landscape Mastery" is a members only video course on drawing landscapes using pastels. The goal of the course is to provide the student with the most comprehensive approach to drawing landscapes with pastels through easy to understand modules that include over 200 minutes (nearly 4 hours) of HD videos and 148 pages of ebooks.

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Description: An Introduction to "Pastel Landscape Mastery" including materials, surfaces, and tools that will be used in the series.

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Pastel Landscape Mastery – Introduction — 33 Comments

    • Hi Jan,

      The size of the paper that you use is dependent on the mark that you make. If you are prone to “looser” marks, then I would would work on larger surfaces (16″ by 20″ and up). If you are more detail-oriented with your marks, then smaller surfaces will benefit you. If you tend to work with a more detailed approach, larger surfaces may be overwhelming. In all of the instructional videos, the surfaces are small, about 8″ by 10″ or so.

      • Hi Matt,
        Thanks for your prompt answer. That’s clear. I will have to figure out what my style will be. Just bought me 12 x 18 ” Strathmore Artagain 400 and a book Cranson. Hope the strathmore isn’t to smooth 😉 The Cranson seems to have more tooth. Do you have any suggestions to that?

  1. I have started using Panpastels also in my pastel drawings and wondered if you have had any experience with them and what you think of them. I have done simple drawings with nothing but them but also have been incorporating them into my works with soft pastels. Being very novice to all of it, I would like to get your opinion of the panpastels.

  2. I am finally about to start the pastel series. I had stumbled across this site before (a year ago when I first wanted to try charcoals) and decided to go it alone instead. I did have some limited success, but more importantly a lot of fun. Recently I decided to try out soft pastels. I came across the pastel eye free video and gave it a shot. The result was fantastic, and very gratifying. That had me convinced and now it is time to give it a go! Thanks for this series, I am very excited.

      • Hi Matt, like Nancy I am looking for the pictures from which you draw/paint but I can’t find a “Photo Reference” link anywhere on the website. Please direct me to where that link is. Thanks!

        • Hi Nancy,

          Under the video embeds that use photo references, you’ll find a link in blue that reads “Photo Reference”. For course videos, this link is in the info box under the video description. Clicking on that link will take you to the photo reference used.

    • Hi Irma,
      This is called buffering and it occurs when the internet connection is not stable or strong enough to support playback of High Definition videos. To alleviate this, you can scroll over the video and click on the “HD” icon to turn High Definition off.

      • Matt, with pastels you know needs a lot of medias. Every time I think I have enough medias, I needs something else! I love pastels the way it works on çanvas. That’s art tools pastels I want to Master! Have a great day.

  3. Matt – I notice that when I use pastels that a lot of ‘pastel dust’ comes off the blocks. I’ve read that this can be harmful if inhaled. Do you wear a dust mask when you are working with soft pastels for a longer period of time?

  4. what size pallet ,as in how many count to recommend. I found art pro, Nu pastels on sale and straedtler karat chalk pastel.
    pigment intensity and high light-fast quality are important to me. What brands that are a little less expensive did you find to have great quality? What do you recommend? I only mentioned a few but I will pay more for quality.What brands do you recommend? Thanks

  5. Hi Matt,
    I just purchased your video to add some knowledge to my new experience with pastels, which I am loving.
    I love your soft voice and your slow movement of the drawing as it gives me time to catch up and not be in a hurry, much less stress.
    So lets see how we go, have a good day.
    Coming from Australia, we have some great landscapes ,now to capture that in my paintings.
    Cheers,
    Katz

  6. Hi Matt, I have just joined your program and am extremely excited and interested. I just recently retired and started drawing again. It had been thirty years since I last did a drawing and I submitted that drawing to you for critiquing. Looking forward to learning…

  7. is there a limit download per day?? why does the download link on your download page isnt working, it said- Failes – No File. Please fix it, im a new member thanks

    • Hi Cent, The download links are working properly. Be sure that you are downloading from the “SD”, “HD”, or “mobile” options – not the “original file”.

  8. I am weak sighted and found this way of teaching so wonderful. Busy making pastel portraits of my ancesters and enjoying it thoroughly.

    Greatings from South Africa

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