Pan Pastel Drawing: Baron Harkonnen

See how to capture the dark personality of Baron Harkonnen in the 2021 Dune movie using PanPastel drawing techniques. Techniques for shading, blending, and creating a range of slick and smooth surfaces are explored in this tutorial.

This tutorial also looks at how to render form in a convincing manner using a limited color scheme. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

91 min. video

Video Walkthrough

  • Testing out the PanPastels on Yupo paper and on charcoal paper.
  • The PanPastel sponges and applicators are extremely sensitive and therefore create very subtle effects.
  • PanPastels produce very little dust compared to soft pastels.
  • PanPastels are lightfast and rich in pigments, available in many colors.
  • Balancing warm and cool colors between burnt sienna and a cooler blue color.
  • Developing the figure and background simultaneously, so they progress at the same rate.
  • Often one reference photo doesn’t have all the qualities you want, so using two reference photos can help a lot.
  • Sometimes a reference photo that is very detailed can be harder to work from, in that you are less likely to invent in your drawing.
  • Squint to see past details and capture the larger shapes first.

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