Animals with Pastels – Cat

Animals with Pastels: Cat

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Lesson Description

In this lesson series, we’ll create a representational drawing of a cat with soft pastels and pastel pencils on PastelMat paper.

Lesson 1 - Introduction and Transfer

In lesson one, we'll review the materials used for this lesson series and transfer the image to our drawing surface.

Lesson 2 - Background and the Eyes

In lesson two, we'll apply PanPastels to the background and begin work developing the eyes with pastel pencils.

Lesson 3 - Underpainting

In lesson three, we'll begin applying soft pastels to the body of the cat to act as an underpainting for subsequent applications.

Lesson 4 - The Head - Part 1

In lesson four, we'll begin addressing the head of the cat with more precise detailing.

Lesson 5 - The Head - Part 2

In lesson five, we'll complete adding textural details to the head of the cat.

Lesson 6 - The Body

In lesson six, we'll complete the drawing by addressing the body of the cat with soft pastels.

Lesson Materials

  • Rembrandt Soft Pastels
  • PatelMat Paper
  • Pastel Pencils
  • PanPastels

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Animals with Pastels – Cat — 24 Comments

    • Ann, first page of the ebook that you can download from the resources Tab:

      You may use any brand of pastels or surface that you wish. However, keep in mind that the quality of the pastel that you use and the surface plays an important role in the results you will achieve. Higher quality materials usually result in higher quality results.

      I’m sure that you will have a more than satisfactory results with the Faber-Castel pencils. This is my number one choice too. 🙂

  1. Hi Mat, I must have missed an explanation on matpastel paper. What is the difference, what is brand and who sells it? Or where is reference for it? Love the programs you do!!

    • Hi Gail,

      The videos are playing normally and the video downloads are also working. How is your internet connection? This video series is presented in 4K resolution. If your internet connection is slow, you may choose a different file format. You can do this by scrolling over the video and clicking on the gear icon.

  2. Please accept my gratitude for this website and the quality of the courses offered. This is no doubt the best $97 dollars that I ever spent. The hours of enjoyment that have derived from the effort spent are priceless during a pandemic. The scope of this site is remarkable. I don’t know how many books someone would buy to try and match this site but beyond the cost of books, there is the added value of watching a gifted artist combined with a gifted teacher. Thank you.

  3. Hi, Matt!
    I´m Pilar, from Seville (Spain). I don´t know if you remember me (I sent you and e-mail with my graphite Rhino piece of art).
    I have a question: I have Canson mi-teintes, instead of Pastelmat. But I only have different tones of cream, ochre, brown… not greys. What tone do you recomend me for the cat? The lightest? Medium? Darkest?
    Thanks a lot (and forgive my bad english)!

  4. Hi again, Matt!
    I´ve found a grey piece of paper of Canson Mi-teintes, but not so light as the one you use.
    It´s a middle grey. So… I have a lot of colors, but not light grey!! :-((
    What should I use for best results?

  5. Hi Matt
    I have watched several of your video instructions they are all superb! In your opinion what is the best medium for animals pastels, or colored pencils?

    • Hi Sandra,

      Either medium is great. Really any medium is great. Some subjects lend themselves to certain media. For example, for subjects that are linear, pen and ink may be a good choice of medium – but you could use any medium that you wish and still be successful.

  6. Hello 🙂

    You talk about being patient throughout the process of your videos. About how long did it actually take you to do the pastel drawing of the cat? I think I need to work on my patience level when I’m trying to draw. I find myself wanting it to be done so I think I rush more than I should.
    And thanks for your excellent instruction and demonstrations, they have all been great!

  7. What pencil sharpener are you using that keeps the pastel pencils so sharp. Normally, I have been using a razor cutter but i’m not good at making a sharp end.

    • Hi Alberto,

      I usually use a blade and sanding paper to sharpen pastel pencils. If I’m too lazy to do this, I’ll grab a hand-held pencil sharpener with a larger opening or a metal one for the smaller pastel pencils.

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