Pastel Landscape Mastery: Architectural Elements

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Lesson Description

A look at drawing architectural features as part of a pastel landscape drawing. In this lesson, we create a landscape painting of Venice with pastels. This scene features colorful buildings and water.

Lesson Materials

Toned pastel paper, soft pastels, pastel pencils, NuPastels.

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  1. Loved the colours. You drew these buildings as you went along, but I feel I need a few location marks to help with accuracy. I’m learning so much about technique. Thank you.

  2. I absolutely love this video. I have always been afraid of this kind of scene. But you explained it, and worked the painting perfectly so I can understand. Thank You

  3. Really great lesson; it looked intimidating but as always, you clear the way for success. I learned a lot & managed to get the perspective correct.
    What is the purpose of blocking everything in with the dark grey? I also find a few pencil “landmarks” along the way very valuable & the blocking does away with those. I forgot to do it with the second group of buildings I don’t see a difference.

  4. i struggle with the lack of information about what colours you use, whether or not your using soft pastel or nupastel. Otherwise its good. i had never considered this approach before.

  5. This is brilliant, Matt! I love the effect of pastel drawings and am excited to start trying to master the use of pastels. My main problems with other mediums are that I focus too much on detail and I work too tightly thereby putting too much pressure on myself and losing the enjoyment of creating. I love impressionist art and I hope that using pastels will help me draw more loosely and create art that I am more interested in. Thanks Matt. You do make it look easy, though! I need to keep at it until I’m happy with the outcome.

    • Hi Jeff,

      A better approach would be to prepare the surface before hand with gesso and perhaps some acrylic medium if actual physical texture is what you’re after.

  6. Hi Matt,

    Can you provide more detail on how you add contrast and depth to the walls of the buildings? I understand that you layer color on, but how do you apply it, and what colors do you choose for it?

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