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In this lesson, we take a look at one approach to drawing a horse with pastels. Pastels are unlike any other medium. In fact, they are so unique, finished pastel drawings are referred to as "paintings". While clearly a drawing media (they are applied dry), the finished result resembles a painting.


Perfect for beginners & improvers


Unfortunately, new artists will often begin a pastel drawing and "give up" quickly. Pastels can be difficult to control when they are first applied to the surface. Colors are vibrant and sometimes "unnatural" without proper layering.


With a proper understanding of the nature of medium, anyone can find successful results. It simply requires a bit of patience and practice. I will take you step by step through creating this painting.


To ensure accuracy, You can print of the reference picture and trace down onto your paper Please invest in the correct paper to give yourself the best chance of success



Set of soft pastels (The quality of your pastels will effect the result, I recommend these mid price ranges, Faber Castell, Koh i nor, Royal Talens renbrandt}


Pastel mat or velour paper are best suited to layering soft pastels




Darker tones are addressed with Burnt Umber. Lighter tones are addressed with a light Cream. Mid tones are added with Sienna and Yellow Ochre. Darks are enhanced with black and grays.

Horse Pastel Tutorial

  • Your tutorial link and reference pic will download as a PDF at checkout

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