Pastel Landscape Mastery – The Sky

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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: A look at creating a dramatic sky using contrasting colors and values. The importance of light and cloud structure is addressed.

Suggested Materials: Toned pastel paper, soft pastels, masking tape

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Pastel Landscape Mastery – The Sky — 16 Comments

  1. Once again I found your explanations of each step in the drawing to be clear and helpful. I hadn’t thought of clouds as being 3 dimensional objects before. But common sense tells me they are. The language the instructor uses makes all the difference to my understanding of the subject. Thank you.

  2. I am so glad to have found this site!!! I think the lessons are at an appropriate level for me and I can’t wait to start putting them to use!
    Many thanks!!! Betty Smith

  3. Help! 🙂 So I just went through this lesson, and the result was atrocious. Clouds are kicking my butt. I am trying to follow along, pausing often, and referring to the photo reference. However, your clouds look like clouds. Mine are a mess. Any tips on cloud creation? I understand the 3-dimensional aspect and using several layers of colors to create shadows and highlights in the clouds, but the stroke itself is eluding me. They either look like scribbles if I don’t blend them, or smudges if I do…neither result resembles the fluffy texture you created.

      • Thanks very much for your quick responce Matt. Unfortunately, I commited a cardinal sin…I tossed what I had. I don’t normally do so, but frustration got the better of me. I am taking a quick break from pastels and working on graphite (out of necessity, I am down to one sheet of pastel paper. I am deployed, it is hard to come by, but my wife has a package on the way with a new pad). My last sheet is gray toned, so tonight or tomorrow I am giving The Sky another shot. I will shoot the results your way. Thanks again!

  4. How do you get rid of the little piles of chalk dust that aren’t smudged in with your finger? Will you smear the drawing if you brush it off; if you blow it away, it’ll be everywhere. The videos seem to just magically have it disappear.

  5. again stunning. i really liked the way you made the clouds much darker and the oranges brighter almost redish; the photo was rather bland, you turned it into something i would be proud to hang in my home

  6. I was gifted a box of oil pastels and a pad of paper along with this course from my Son for my birthday! I have never tried this medium. I have been doing alcohol ink art for about a year now. I going to watch all of the classes in this course before I attempt a “painting!” I love what I have seen so far… Your explanations are excellent and I love the magic of watching the painting develop.

  7. My attempts are not turning out well. As one noted earlier, they are too smudged or look like childish scribbles. I cannot create the same “texture” as what you do. Will the paper color and quality also add to the great difference of results? I am more puzzled on how you create the textural illusion of clouds and how the highlights seem to really pop while mine just look flat and dull.

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