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Old 01-09-2017, 02:57 PM
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Tiger tutorial xp pastels


I am asked very often about how I create my artwork and it's impossible to answer everyone so I've come up with a way to help budding artists out by offering download tutorials. I wanted to create something everyone would want to put on their own wall and this tiger fitted the bill.
It's 8x8 inches and I used derwent pastel pencils on anthracite pastelmat.

So stage one, the lovely soft tonal backgrounds (everyone asks about these!) It's simply a matter of adding blocks of colour and then gentle blending so no hard edges are left.
I also used carbon black to add the darkest areas and tiger stripes.

Here you can see how everything gets built up in layers but for me, the most important part of any portrait (pet or wildlife) are lifelike eyes. They really just need a little highlight to make them less flat and they come alive.

As you can see it's all about layers, depending on whether it's an underlayer or a top layer of detail it's all down to how you apply the pastel. For underlayers just blocks of colour which can be added with the flat edge of a pastel pencil or stick then smooth flat with fingers, or very sharp precise details with very pointed pastel pencils layers on top.

A bit of a tip for pastel users, I made the area underneath the chin too dark, I used some blu-tak to remove
it! It's brilliant for getting into tiny areas, it also just lifts off the pastel without rubbing the surface nap of the paper. I try to use it with gloves on a warm day as it absorbs the oils from your fingers which could be transferred to your artwork.

This may give more of an idea about how the layers were added!
Hope you find this helpful, please feel free to ask questions!
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Re: Tiger tutorial xp pastels

Thank you Karrie-Ann. I tried pastels and didn't take to them, but your tuition makes me want to have another go. I see that layers are important.
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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you Karrie-Ann for sharing , the tiger is beautiful
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superb thanks Ann
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Beautiful painting! Thanks for this tutorial. I pick up my pastels every now and again but never really get the effects I want. I think it's down to putting down too much colour too soon. I like the way you build up the layers, I'll try this next time I have a go.
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Re: Tiger tutorial xp pastels

Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Very helpful Tutorial, especially for those members who have never tried pastels before.
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Thank you Karrie-Ann. I tried pastels and didn't take to them, but your tuition makes me want to have another go. I see that layers are important.
It really is all about the layering, light repeated layers makes all the difference. Pastels are by far the easiest and most forgiving medium so you should give them another go!
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Beautiful tiger Karieann. Thank you so much for the tutorial. You have also inspired me to give pastels another go. I have a stack lying around which I needed for my diploma. Haven't touched them for ages.
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Beautiful tiger Karieann. Thank you so much for the tutorial. You have also inspired me to give pastels another go. I have a stack lying around which I needed for my diploma. Haven't touched them for ages.
Give them a go Chammi, once you get the hang of them you won't want to use anything else!
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Beautiful detail!
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Thanks for the tutorial! It is immensely helpful. I'll be picking up my (not often used) pastels for a go.
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