Food Illustration in Soft Pastel

This video demonstrates how to illustrate a plate of cookies using soft pastel. Starting with a quick thumbnail sketch, decisions about composition, creating depth and emphasis are discussed. Techniques shown in soft pastel include how to layer colors, how to create gradients and blend to get specific colors, and how to create a balance of saturated and muted colors, and more. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • Creating atmospheric perspective
  • Layering techniques for pastel
  • Smudging pastels with a rag
  • Lighting & contrast in the scene
  • How to articulate patterns
  • Thumbnail sketch in color
  • Planning out the composition
  • Direct marks in soft pastel