White pencil doesn't stand out

Hi Matt,
I was trying to reproduce the cat explained on your video at https://thevirtualinstructor.com/how-to-draw-cat-pastels.html
I was facing lots difficulties in drawing the white fur clumps since my white pencil, differently from your drawing, can’t stand out from the background which is already colored. Even if the background is a light pink, with the white pencil I’m only able to draw faded lines, no matter the pressure I do.
Maybe it’s the medium the problem, or more probably, I’m doing something wrong? I’m using PrismaColor Premier pastels.
Thank you very much.


Hi Chris,
I too am having the same problem with my attempt to draw the Owl with pastel pencil. I am using Conte Pastel Pencils, which is supposed to be a good quality. Did you ever hear back from Matt? Im thinking of posting what I have so far and see if I can get some feedback that way. I’ll let you know if I hear anything.

Hi Brenda,
I got no answers from Matt, but anyway I have understood what the problem is. I used normal coloring pencils, while Matt almost surely used chalk-pastel pencils. The different kind of pigment makes a meaningful difference, and using the chalk-pastel pencils you can apply light colors over the top of dark colors.

Sorry guys! I’m just seeing this. In the future, if you have a question specifically for me, try sending via the contact form here…https://thevirtualinstructor.com/members/contact/

Yes, it sounds as though you may be using wax-based colored pencils instead of pastel pencils. These are two very different mediums and will behave very differently from each other.

Thank you, Matt.