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!