Pastel Landscape Mastery: Architectural Elements

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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.

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