This week we’re going to learn some pastel drawing and painting techniques. If you’ve taken the Module 2 Colored Pencil Techniques class, you’ll be familiar with most of these, but using pastels is a whole different world. After going over the basics, I’ll show you how to use what you just learned to create a regal peacock feather.

There are two pictures of the peacock feather I used as my model, one full length and one close up on the top. You can find these below and at the Supplemental Materials page. Also available are a picture of my techniques example board and my completed artwork, as promised in the video.

You’ll see on my completed feather picture that I left many smudges around the page, and you might too. Don’t worry about it while you’re learning and practicing, we all make a mess sometimes. Maybe you can turn those smudges into a cool background or add another item and make a still life! The possibilities are endless.

Please make sure you have these supplies:

  • Oil pastels
  • A pencil
  • A small stack of white paper
  • Cotton swabs
  • Lotion
  • A damp towel
  • The picture of the peacock feather from the downloads bar or another object to model

Your optional materials are:

  • An eraser
  • Blending stumps (tortillons) 
  • A file folder or paperclip for organization

Practice, practice, practice!