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Pastel Pencil Essentials

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Master the basics of pastel pencils.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a supply list, reference images and a step-by-step guide
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Colin Bradley

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Explore the rich, colorful world of pastels, without the mess! Artist Colin Bradley shares essential techniques for drawing a realistic cat portrait and landscape with pastel pencils.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Cat: Ears & Forehead
Meet Colin Bradley and start class by diving right into your first project: a tabby cat drawing. Start your drawing at the top and work your way down to the ears and top of the head. You'll learn how to layer and blend colors to create realistic fur texture.
2. Cat: Eyes, Nose & Mouth
3. Cat: Body & Background
4. Landscape: Background & Trees
5. Landscape: Farmhouse
6. Landscape: Meadow & Pond

Recommended with this class

  • Pastel pencils
  • Drawing paper
  • Blade for sharpening pastel pencils

Taught by

Colin Bradley
Colin Bradley
Colin Bradley's been teaching the pastel pencil medium for nearly 30 years. In 1982, he became a professional artist and opened his gallery in Broadstairs, England. You might recognize Colin from his popular YouTube channel (with more than 10,000 subscribers and 1.7 million views), where he teaches people all over the world how to draw and paint, along with his digital art education company, Colin Bradley Art.

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