Animals with Pastels: Dog

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Lesson Description

In this lesson series, we’ll create a representational drawing of a Golden Retriever with soft pastels and pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel 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 - Underpainting

In lesson two, we'll create an underpainting using only a few colors. We'll gently blend the colors together to create a suitable base for developing details.

Lesson 3 - Developing Details

In lesson three, we'll begin developing the details by addressing the eye, the ear, and portions of the neck using pastel pencils and pastel sticks.

Lesson 4 - Finishing Touches

In lesson four, we'll complete the drawing by addressing the remaining areas including the collar, face, nose, and mouth.

Lesson Materials

  • Rembrandt Soft Pastels
  • Dark Green Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper
  • Pastel Pencils
  • PanPastels

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Lesson Discussion

  1. Quick question…I dont have any soft pastels, I have panpastels and pitt pastel pencils, can I use the panpastels for the underpainting instead?

  2. I have a assignment to paint in watercolor a Labradoodle. Is there some class one will take or do you help with the painting? New Student (today)

  3. Love this class, but was wondering what makes you decide which color to start a project with? If you are making the underpainting, how do you decide what colors to use? How do you know which colors will work together? Trial and error? For instance, I was watching another person do a pastel drawing of a landscape with trees. She used purple to underpaint the green trees with. I would have never thought to use purple.

  4. Well Matt I am finally going to attempt this beautiful tutorial, I have had 2 sugerys so haven’t done anything with art lately…hoping to share it with you soon.

  5. I have that very pad of Canson Mi-Tientes assorted colors; but there is no dark green. Is there a different pad that has dark green?

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