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Painting a Realistic Animal Portrait

with Pastel Pencils


$60 for 3 classes


September 15, 2024 at 6:00:00 PM


2 hours each class

Your Instructor

Elaine Duncan



(843) 705-5605

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Sept , 22, & Sept 29 3 classes

Class 1: Sizing subject to fit on paper

Creating a sketch to use to transfer subject to paper

Various ways of transferring it to your pastel paper.

How to sharpen pencils

Blocking in of subject using values of gray

Choosing colors for subject.

Class 2: Painting eyes and nose. Color blocking in of main shapes in

color. Begin layering more pastel and refining shapes.

Class 3: Continue adding color layers and finishing detail

A good photo of your subject. You will need to see the details of the subject in order to paint a realistic painting. I will have some you can select from if you do not have one. ( If you size the photo such that the sketch of your subject will fit in an 8x10 area of a sheet of copy paper, it will fit in a standard 11x14 mat.) You can paint a larger image if you plan to use a custom mat.

A 9x12 sheet of un-sanded pastel paper such as Canson Mi tientes. You can purchase the full sheets at the Art Club or at Hobby Lobby or Dick Blick in Savannah. Dick Blick will have a better choice of colors. It can be a colored sheet as that will serve as a background color for the portrait.

Recommended: Set of 60 pastel pencils: Carbothello or Faber Castile Pitt Pastel pencils available online through Dick Blick, Jerrysartarama or Amazon. (Note: smaller sets of these and other brands of pastel pencils do not have the colors necessary for painting animals.)

Pencil sharpening tools such as a snap off utility knife or a quality new manual/electric pencil sharpener (caution: sometimes these may cause pastel leads to break as the blades get old). Medium or fine sand paper.

Kneaded eraser. White soft eraser.

Masking Tape to tape paper to board

Graphite #2 pencil for tracing subject.

Smooth hard backing board to attach your paper to. A 11x14 or larger is a good size for a 9x12 sheet of paper. You can use the back of an 11x14 canvas board.

Bring a color and a black and white copy of your subject sized to fit on your paper.

Min 4 Max 12

Sept 8

Pay with CAM or check, payable to All About Art. Please place your payment in the white enveloped provided. Your payment holds your spot in class.

AAA POLICY: If you are a “No Show” at the start of class your payment will be forfeited.

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