Pastel animal portraits

Ive had a lot fun doing the pastel animal course over the Christmas break. Ive used toned canson miteints paper for my brother’s pooch Tilley, and my friends horse Zed. This is my 1st attempt to share so forgive me if it doesn’t work.


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They look amazing for just learning! Which pastels did you use on these and at what size? You have a lot of fine detail and god layering going on and not sure if pan pastels with the little knife edge applicator of the regular stick shape pastels.

I need to learn to hurry up and draw better so I can learn all the media options and explore when proficient. Getting sketchy had me acquire art supplies and I don’t often use them unless they have a learning video based on it and I cheap out on a lot o the media.

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The images work just fine :tada: They look so beautiful, the dark canvas really makes them pop in an amazing way! :clap: :smile:

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Thank you Troy, a feel a bit overwhelmed from your very positive feedback. I’ll post a photo of the materials I used. These are basically all the pastels I have, but these are all I need to do dogs, horses, cats etc. My first pastels were just black and white pan pastels plus black andwhite charcoal pencils. I recently purchased a few browns good for doing horses then found that was enough to do the cat and dog in Matt’s course. Just black and white was a great way to get used to the pastel media focusing on improving my ability to understand the values.
I use my drawing practice like a meditation, where I enjoy the process of going slow with patience, without worrying about the result or having any expectations. I try to draw nearly every day originally just graphite 2B, or at least practice looking at shapes, light and tone. When I took up learning art a couple of years ago my goal was just filling up sketch books without worrying about whether they’re good or bad. I’ve done some of Matt’s courses more than once to keep refreshed on basic principles and to always have something to draw when I’m lacking inspiration. He always has such great advice and knowledge. I don’t really know which media I prefer yet. So mostly have minimal supplies and experiment a bit with them. Thanks again for your comment, it’s very much appreciated.

I love theem both, but my favourite is the horse.
Great job!
Patricia.

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