Soft Pastel Painting of Japan

Soft Pastel Painting of Japan

Today I would like to share with you my soft pastel painting of Japan. As this is the second time, I have painted a picture of Japan as I have already painted one with oil pastels. You can find my blog post; Oil Pastel Painting of Japan here.

I wanted to paint a scene of Japan as I did with oil pastels but didn’t want to use the same theme. I used Mount Fuji, a red rising sun and silhouettes to create my oil pastel painting so wanted something different. I first started by searching for Japan-related art and found a few Japanese traditional ink paintings that caught my interest.

I started by sketching out the layout of the painting with a black soft pastel pencil, and I then went straight into painting the sun with a red pastel, and next went on to mountains by colouring the ridges and rock faces with black pastel.

Once I got the overall shape of the mountain, I then switched to a grey pastel to colour the light areas where the light of the sun would have hit.

Lastly, I painted the torii gate use a red and black pastel pencil and then used a white to highlight areas to bring them to life.

This painting was really fun, and I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Soft Pastel Painting of Japan.


Oil Pastel Painting Sunset

Oil Pastel Sunset

Hello everyone, welcome to another oil pastel art blog. Today I want to share with you my quick and easy sunset oil pastel painting.

This post will be one of many of the silhouette oil pastel paintings that I will be creating, and I hope to be putting together quick and easy instructions for those who want to follow along.

I will do the same with my soft pastels and acrylic paintings, but these will be more in-depth tutorials and will take a lot of time to put together.

My final thoughts, I will say that I will have to work on my camera setup for my tutorial videos and overall viewer satisfaction.

Thank you for reading this short post and I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel painting of a Sunset.


Soft Pastel Painting of a Portrait of my Eldest Son P3


Today I would like to give you another update on the progress on my Portrait of my Eldest Son. You can find Part1 and Part2 here.

The area that I worked on today was the hair, but I did go over the eyes and nose to make them stand out a bit more by adding darker colours to the shadows. I then went and rubbed out the pencil lines that I used to sketch out the overall shape with the colours that I would use to blend out his lower face and lips.

The hair itself was a challenge as I had to work out how to bring the hair to life. I did this by adding several under colours such as grey, black and white before adding the main colour brown. The most difficult was the highlights of where the light reflected off the crown which gave parts of the hair a golden hue effect.

As much as it sounds that I had a hard time with the hair, I found it very enjoyable and easy to paint.

I hope you enjoyed my latest update and do keep an eye out for my next post where I will be working on the lower portion of my son’s face.


Oil Pastel Painting Demon Slayer 鬼滅の刃

Demon Slayer 鬼滅の刃

Today I created a silhouette of a character from the anime demon slayer or 鬼滅の刃 in Japanese. My children have told me that the name is Tanjiro, the main character from the anime and is something we all watch together on Friday evenings.

I was asked, by my children to do something on the Demon Slayer theme as it is their favourite anime. Actually, the animation is very popular right now in Japan and sold out at the box office on the first day of its release. Well, the newest anime that is which will be to the horror of my children as I don’t remember the name.

I enjoyed the silhouette drawing, not that it was easy but that it was enjoyable to bring something to life with just a few colours with the main being black.

It has given me the idea to create an oil pastel silhouette category as when I do draw my oil pastel paintings they are kind of in this area. I find the oil pastels to work better when I am doing silhouette drawings instead of painting like I would with soft pastels.

Anyway, I believe I will have more requests from my family on things they would like for me to draw in oil pastel, so keep an eye out for my next anime-inspired painting.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel painting of Demon Slayer 鬼滅の刃.


Soft Pastel Painting Autumn Fields

Autumn Fields

Today I would like to share with you my soft pastel painting of an autumn field.

As we are heading into autumn and soon we will be going into winter, I thought I would try my hand at an autumn fields painting.

I enjoyed doing this theme and happy how it turned out. I did, however, have a bit of trouble with the large tree whilst layering in the colours to try and capture the autumn feel.

I will be trying again to try and capture the autumn theme before we slip into winter, so please keep an eye out for my next painting.

I hope you enjoy my time-lapsed recording of my Autumn Fields painting.


Soft Pastel Drawing the Dark Arts Magician Avatar

The Dark Arts Magician

Today I would like to share with you my soft pastel drawing of the Dark Arts Magician Avatar.

I thought how great it would be to create a cartoon style avatar for my blog as at the moment I have a pixelated magician on my YouTube channel and other social sites, even the main banner of this blog has the pixelated version.

I will not replace the pixelated avatar on my social sites or even the main banner of this blog, but I will use the cartoon style on the about page and contact page.

The creation of this avatar was fun. I first started by sketching out my line art, then I used Derwent soft pastel pencils to colour the magician.

The idea for the Magician came after I searched online for several dark magician sand wizards to get ideas. I searched from game ideas, through fantasy art and even went as far as looking at Harry Potter costumes. I went about adding a few details such as gold trim along the edges of the robe and blue-magical flames erupting from the right hand to slowly spreads up the arm. The added book was to break up a plan black-robed magician as I guessed it would have been boring.

I hope you enjoy my time-lapsed recording of my Dark Arts Magician Avatar.


Soft Pastel Painting Koi Fish

Koi Fish Painting

Today I would like to share with you my soft pastel painting of Koi Fish done with soft pastels.

I first drew my line art of three koi fish swimming in a pond with a few lily pads off to the edges and one of the koi fish breaking the surface with a few ripples as an effect.

I enjoyed using soft pastels and once again found how easy they were to blend the colours just with my fingers or with the aid of a blending stump. The more I used them, the more I want to throw my oil ones in the back of my art box.

The only issues I had with this painting was the recording itself. I once again didn’t set up my camera in the correct angle and managed to capture the top of my head more times than I would have liked.

To remedy this, I thought I’d be smart and add a title at the bottom of my video to try and hide my head, but I ended up blocking out a good part of the painting. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to recording and editing, so it’s going to be a trial and error experience until I get it right.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my time-lapsed recording and I apologies that the recording is not as I usually produce.


Soft Pastel Painting of a Portrait of my Eldest Son P2


Today I would like to give you an update on the progress of my Portrait of my Eldest Son. You can find Part1 here.

It has been a few weeks since I was able to work on this project but I’m happy with the time I put aside as I was able to take a long look at what I did and correct the errors I found.

I noticed that I didn’t blend enough of the dark colours to bring out the shadows around his left eye and the bridge of his nose. I had to rework my grey colours to bring out the shadows and I also had to work on his lower nose to make the nostrils stand out.

As I was working on the right eye and cheek I noticed that I might have enlarged his eye more that what the origianl picture portays but the eye does have a lot of hair over-hanging, so I believe once I move onto his hair the eye will not seem so big for his face.

One thing that I have learned is not to sketch the line art with a led pencil as I have found it very difficult to blend out. Leaving the led outline in doesn’t quite give it that natural feel of realism that I wanted.

As for my time-lapsed recording, I think I will go with a series approach and upload them in stages; Part1 and so on.

Anyway have a great day and keep an eye out for my next post.


Oil Pastel Painting Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Today I decided to do a painting for Remembrance Sunday for our fallen soldiers in past wars. I thought it would be a good tribute as what is going on now with the Lockdowns in the UK.

For inspiration, I saw a picture on my Facebook feed and liked how the lone soldier was standing at an unknown soldiers grave with a range of poppies at the edge of the canvas.

The use of oil pastels was a good choice, even though I could have done it with soft pastels. I am happy with how my painting turned out but do believe that soft pastels would have worked batter when I was painting in the plants as the already applied oil pastel was very difficult to remove or paint over.

In the end, I am very happy how this painting turned out and happier that I was able to get it finished and the video edited and uploaded before this Sunday.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel painting of the famous Lest we Forget.


Oil Pastel Painting of a Two Love Birds at Sunset

Love Birds

As Halloween has ended, I wanted to move away from the doom and gloom feel that I pushed last month, so for a complete opposite, I decided to paint a love birds scene.

I wanted to capture two small birds sitting on a branch engulfed in their romance as the sunset behind them.

I used oil pastels for my sunset by blending the colours with kitchen paper. Unfortunately, I might have added a bit too much black as I had a hard time trying to get the blend of colours of a natural sunset that you would have expected. You will notice in my time-lapsed recording that I had to add extra yellows and oranges to try and keep a sense of the explosion of lighter colours when the sun finally set.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel painting of a Two Love Birds at Sunset.