Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates drawing a landscape with soft pastels, using three different reference photos to create a new landscape. Techniques for how to start and develop a soft pastel drawings are explained.
Prof Lieu talks about various techniques specific to soft pastels including layering, blending, creating a diverse range of textures and marks, and more.
- Diving in without thumbnails.
- Can you erase soft pastels?
- Set a goal for your drawing.
- Differences between various soft pastel brands.
- Using atmospheric perspective to show depth in a landscape.
- Blending multiple reference photos.
- Riding the ups and downs as your drawing progresses.
- The shape of your soft pastel affects how you physically draw.
- How to decide when to smudge.
- Drawing the shapes of the negative space first.
- Contrasting between crisp and blurry sections of the drawing.
- Try out drawing with soft pastels with no blending whatsoever.
- You can “blend” by soft, light cross-hatched strokes.
- Knowing when to step away from your drawing.
- Shifting the physical pressure of the soft pastel on the paper.
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