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A Bit About Pastels

All of the tutorials on this page involve the use of pastels.  Pastels come in a variety of forms including soft pastels, hard pastels, oil pastels, and pastel pencil. They can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper, canvas, masonite, and illustration board.  Pastel drawings can resemble paintings when complete and sometimes are refered to as "paintings", although the process is decidely a drawing process.  The medium is considered a traditional medium for creating art. 

Pastels are applied to surfaces using many different techniques that can produce a wide variety of effects and results.  Quality can vary greatly from brand to brand, and is usually reflected in the price.

PASTEL DRAWING COURSE

Pastel Landscape CoursePastel Landscape Drawings
“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 video and 148 pages of eBooks. (15 Modules)

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SOFT PASTEL LESSONS


How to Paint a Realistic EyeHow to Paint a Realistic Eye with Pastels
Learn how to paint a realistic eye using Rembrandt pastels in this complete guide that includes images and a HD video demonstration.
How to Draw a Horse with PastelsHow to Draw a Horse With Pastels
Learn how to draw a horse with pastels by layering multiple applications of tones and colors.
How to Draw With Pastel PencilsPastel Pencil Tutorial
Learn how to draw a still life with pastel pencils in this video tutorial.
PanPastel LandscapePanPastel Landscape Tutorial
Learn how to paint a landscape using PanPastels in this drawing/painting demonstration.
PanPastel and Soft PastelsCombine PanPastels and Soft Pastels
Take advantage of the strengths of PanPastels and traditional soft pastels to create a landscape painting.
Pastel TechniquesPastel Drawing Techniques - 3 Approaches
Learn three different approaches to drawing with pastels including the techniques of blending, scumbling, and feathering.
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Secrets to Drawing Soft PastelsThe Secrets to Drawing- Soft Pastels
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 20 Premium Video
Paint Quickly with PastelsPaint Quickly With Pastels
Learn how to paint quickly with pastels.  Tips for creating a developed painting in a short amount of time.
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Pastel PencilsPastel Pencils Part 1 Full Length Demo (1:04:29)
Learn how to use pastel pencils to create a still life of flowers. Part One. Check out free excerpts of this lesson here.
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Pastel Pencils Part 2Pastel Pencils Part 2 Full Length Demo (1:02:53)
Learn how to use pastel pencils to create a still life of flowers. Part Two. Check out free excerpts of this lesson here. 
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Water Ripples with Oil PastelsHow to Draw Water Ripples Full Length Demo (1:02:18)
Learn how to use oil pastels to create the illusion of water ripples in this recorded Live Lesson.
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Finding the Right Mark with PastelsFind the Right Mark with Pastels Full Length Demo (1:02:09)
How to find the right mark to create different textures with pastels.
Pastel Still Life Live LessonExcerpts - Still Life Pastel Lesson
A trio of apples painted with Rembrandt pastels.  Excerpts from a one hour live lesson.
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Pastel Still Life Live LessonPastel Still Life Full Length Video (1:06:32)
Learn how to paint a quick pastel still life using Rembrandt pastels in this recorded live lesson.
How to Draw with Pastel Pencils eyeHow to Draw with Pastel Pencils-Eye Demo
Learn how to draw with pastel pencils in this video tutorial.
How to draw waves with chalk pastelsHow to Draw Waves - Chalk Pastels
Learn how to draw ocean waves in this tutorial in the medium of chalk or soft pastels.
how-to-draw-water-calm-wavesHow to Draw Clouds - Chalk Pastels
Learn how to draw clouds in a pastel landscape in this tutorial.
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PanPastel DemonstrationAn Exporation with PanPastels Full Length Video (1:05:16)
A look at a few techniques for applying the new medium of PanPastels - recorded from a live lesson.
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Two Approaches to Drawing CloudsTwo Approaches to Drawing Clouds Full Length Video (59:48)
Learn two very different approaches to drawing clouds in this recorded live demonstration.
Pastel Landscape SketchPastel Landscape Sketch
Time lapse of a pastel landscape sketch from a recorded live lesson.
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Pastel Landscape SketchPastel Landscape Sketch Full Length Video (1:01:07)
Learn how to use pastel to create a quick drawing of a landscape in this full length video tutorial.
Conte Crayon DrawingConte Drawing of a Bird
Time lapse of a conte drawing of a bird from a recorded live lesson.
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Conte Crayon DrawingConte Drawing of a Bird Full Length Video (1:01:13)
Learn how to draw a bird using conte in this full length video demonstration.
Pastel Portrait ExcerptsPastel Portrait Excerpts
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait of a woman with soft pastels in this free drawing lesson.
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Pastel Portrait ExcerptsPastel Portrait Tutorial -Full Length Videos (2:05:10)
Learn how to draw a portrait with soft pastels in this two part video series. Part One (1:02:56) Part Two (1:02:17)
How to Draw LipsHow to Draw Lips
Learn how to draw realistic lips in pastel in this free drawing lesson video.
Free Drawing Lessons- Pastel LandscapesPastel Landscapes
Learn how to draw the landscape with chalk or soft pastels in this free drawing lesson video.
still life skecth with pastelsStill Life Sketch with Pastels
Learn how to create a quick still life sketch using soft pastels in this video demonstration.
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Pastel Landscape Mastery Video 1Pastel Landscape Mastery - Drawing Materials and Surfaces
Learn the tools of the trade in pastel landscape drawing in this members only video series.
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Pastel Landscape Mastery Video 2Pastel Landscape Mastery - Atmospheric Perspective
Learn how to create the illusion of space using atmospheric perspective in this members only video series.
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Pastel Landscape Mastery Video 3Pastel Landscape Mastery - The Sky
Learn how to draw a realistic sky using pastels in this members only video series.
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Pastel Landscape Mastery Video 4Pastel Landscape Mastery - Trees and Foliage
Learn how to draw trees in a pastel landscape in this members only video series.
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Pastel Landscape Mastery Video 5Pastel Landscape Mastery - Rocks in the Landscape
Learn how to add rocks to a pastel landscape drawing in this members only video series.
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Pastel Landscape Mastery Video 6Pastel Landscape Mastery - Architectural Elelments
Learn how draw architectural elements in a pastel landscape drawing in this members only video series.
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Water in the LandscapePastel Landscape Mastery - Water in The Landscape
Learn how draw water in a pastel landscape drawing in this members only video series.
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Landscape SilhouettePastel Landscape Mastery - Silhouettes
Learn how silhouettes can be used to create focal points and enhance contrast in a landscape drawing.
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Pastel Dry WashPastel Landscape Mastery - Dry Wash
Learn how to add large quantites of pigment using the dry wash technique in this members only video series- Part 9 "Dry Wash".
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Pastel Landscape Mastery - Wet Wash
Learn how water can be added to soft pastels to create effects in this members only video series.
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Pastel Landscape Mastery - Scumbling
Learn the technique known as "scumbling" in which opaque, but light applications of pastels are applied to the surface.
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Pastel Landscape Mastery - Feathering
Learn the technique known as “feathering” in which short strokes of pastel are layered to create depth in color tone and texture.

OIL PASTEL LESSONS


How to Use Oil PastelsHow to Use Oil Pastels - Pear Demo
Learn how to draw with oil pastels in this demonstration of a drawing of a pear.
Oil Pastel Lesson - Apple DrawingOil Pastel Lesson, Apple
Learn the basics of oil pastels in this simple tutorial that features a drawing of an apple.
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Secrets to Drawing Oil PastelsThe Secrets to Drawing- Oil Pastels
Learn how to draw a landscape with oil pastels in this lesson that covers the basics of oil pastel painting.
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Oil Pastel Glass Part 1 Full Length Demo (52:18)
Take a look at drawing transparent glass in this recorded Live Lesson. Part One. Check out free excerpts of this lesson here.
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Oil Pastel Glass Part 2Oil Pastel Glass Part 2 Full Length Demo (55:06)
Take a look at drawing transparent glass in this recorded Live Lesson. Part Two. Check out free excerpts of this lesson here.
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Impressionist Oil Pastel LandscapeOil Pastel Landscape Full Length Video (1:03:10)
Learn how to use oil pastels loosely to create an Impressionist landscape. 
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Abstract Drawing with Oil PastelsAbstract Drawing Full Length Video (52:51)
Learn how to approach abstract drawing with oil pastels in this recorded live lesson.
Oil pastel drawing of a race carOil Pastel Drawing of Race Car Time Lapse
Time lapse of a live lesson of an oil pastel drawing of a race car.
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Oil pastel drawing of a race carOil Pastel Drawing of Race Car Full Length Video (1:01:22)
Learn how to Draw a racecar using oil pastels in this full length video demonstration.
Oil Pastel Still LifeOil Pastel Still Life
Learn how to draw a still life with oil pastels with these excerpts from 2 live lessons. 
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Oil Pastel Still LifeOil Pastel Still Life Full Length Videos (2:10:32)
Learn how to draw a still life with oil pastels in this two part video series. Part One (1:12:22) Part Two (58:10)
Dog Portrait Oil PastelsDog Portrait - Oil Pastels
Learn how to draw a dog portrait using oil pastels in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 2 hour lesson.
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Dog Portrait Oil PastelsDog Portrait with Oil Pastels Two Full Length Videos (1:54:38)
Watch as oil pastels are used to create a convincing portrait of a dog in this two part series. Part One (59:03) Part Two (55:35)
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Oil Pastel Portrait From Live LessonRealistic Oil Pastel Portrait - Full Length Video (55:06)
Draw a realistic portrait using oil pastels in this full length recorded live lesson.
how to draw a face oil pastelsHow to Draw a Face with Oil Pastels
Learn how to draw a portrait in oil pastels in this free drawing lesson.
Oil Pastel Portrait Time LapseTime Lapse of Expressive Oil Pastel Portrait
Time lapse of an expressive oil pastel portrait drawing from a live lesson.
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Oil Pastel Portrait Time LapseExpressive Oil Pastel Portrait Full Length Video (52:45)
Learn how to manipulate color to create an expressive portrait with oil pastels in this full length video demonstration.
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Background Color Choices in ArtBackground Color Choices Full Length Video (48:36)
Learn what colors work best when choosing a background for your art in this recorded live demonstration.  
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Landscape Drawing with Oil PastelsPastel Landscape Mastery -Oil Pastels
Learn how to use oil pastels to create a landscape painting.
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