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06-18-2008, 07:18 PM

While on vacation recently in Spain, I stumbled across an artist who was carrying out commissions in Portraits in Pastel. Having painted in oils for the past few years, I was really fascinated by this lady, and would love to try the medium. Are there any good tuitional tools available through this forum [DVD' etc] that demonstrate the art of Portraits in Pastel.

Im in Ireland. Considewr this when responding, in terms of postage etc.

many thanks


Kathryn Wilson
06-18-2008, 08:33 PM
Daniel Greene has a number of DVD's demonstrating his method of portrait painting. I just reviewed one and it is an amazing video and it is a marathon of painting! I highly recommend his portrait DVD's.

06-18-2008, 10:25 PM
Hi Jerry,

I don't know how many will agree with me, but I believe it's more about the skills than the medium itself.
Of course that having the knowledge of the medium will help, but a good artist will do good with practically any medium, because like Richard Schmid said (I guess he said this) : "I'm here to teach you how to see". Or something like that :-)
I do have a video called " basic pastel portraits with Jon Davis".
I guess that I got it from an Amazon vendor, but I'm not sure.
The price was good.

Here are two links :

As you can see, they appear both when selecting one of them.
They're PAL format, but I guess that's not an issue anymore.

Kind regards,


06-18-2008, 11:03 PM
I tend to agree with Jose. you MUST have control over the medium though. Im comming from a portrait background orig in graphite, then went to oils, then coloured pencils oil pastels and now to soft/pan pastels. over all once I have control over the medium and can create the effects I want with them, painting just about anything isnt so hard. play with the pastels a bit, and I thnik youll be suprized at how similar they handle with other mediums. If you have an understanding of oils, pastels are not a far reach just dustier ;) (all this is my personal opinion though :) )

Deborah Secor
06-19-2008, 01:21 AM
I think one of the most helpful DVDs I have is Perrin Sparks' Steps to a Likeness: Pastels. It's very detailed, precise and informative. She really explains each step thoroughly while demonstrating from a live model, using a lot of measuring, color mapping, and talks about warm and cool colors and how to use them. Check out www.teachingtapes.com (http://www.teachingtapes.net/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1&sort=20a&page=3) and look at her work at www.perrinsparks.com