Soft Pastel Happy Christmas

Hello everyone, today I would like to share with you my soft pastel Happy Christmas.

The Soft Pastel Happy Christmas project was done in three parts and each part can be found here by following each of the links; Part 1Part 2 and Part 3. A full length video is offered at the end of this blog.

I wanted to paint a Christmas scene for my YouTube channel at the beginning of the month but didn’t want to do a Halloween theme that I did for thirty days as I did for Halloween over October. So, the choice of dragging my Christmas scene out over three weeks was a great idea and once I finished the painting, I had three parts and a whole length video for my channel.

At the planning stage, I couldn’t work out if I wanted to do a winter scene with Christmas trees or a Santa Claus portrait, but none of the ideas I had tickled my interest. It was in fact when my wife put on a song, through our YouTube amazon stick that when it finished an old Christmas song list popped up that had a Christmasy Fireplace picture with the tree, decorations and armchair with the burning fireplace at its centre.

Now with the idea in mind, I set out drawing my line art and then deciding on the colours and arrangement of the armchair, Christmas tree. The wooden floor and red carpet were an afterthought and, I even had a plan to add a Santa Claus portrait in a frame hanging on the wall above the armchair but decided it against it.

My wife gave me the idea of the wallpaper as I did have a dark orange in mind, but I do believe the blue worked out better. I did forget to add the tongs and shovel, and the wife wasn’t too happy with the bowls and apple shapes on the mantlepiece as she expected them to be candles.

Anyway, the project was fun and splitting the process over three weeks allowed me to take my time, sit back and look at what needed to be added or changed, and I even had the painting framed and put up on the wall as one of our Christmas decorations.

Thank you for reading this long blog, and I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Soft Pastel Painting Happy Christmas.


Soft Pastel Demon Slayer 鬼滅の刃 Tanjirou Kamado 竈門炭治郎

Demon Slayer Tanjirou

Today I would like to share with you my anime colouring sheet that I did on the Demon Slayer anime.

The reason for such a colouring sketch was that my third son asked me to create him a laminated file so that he can use as an insert for his schoolwork. The plastic laminated file can be put between the pages, so the writer doesn’t press down on the next page or smudge their work.

The characters name is Tanjirou Kamado 竈門炭治郎 and is the main character in the anime Demon Slayer 鬼滅の刃. My other children have all asked for an insert, but of different character’s and anime, so this might become a new category in itself.

I found a colouring sheet online, along with the original sketch and printed them both off and using the original as a guide I coloured the character with my Derwent soft pastels. I found that the soft pastels blended very well but left a lot of mess as the paper I was using was the standard A4 you get for printing.

This colouring project was fun but I’m not sure if it will be popular for my youtube channel, but as I have promised my children, I will not let an art opportunity go to waste. Also, I will make sure to include a photo of the finished laminated insert as well.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Soft Pastel Demon Slayer 鬼滅の刃 Tanjirou Kamado 竈門炭治郎.


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.


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 Zombie


My wife asked me to draw a zombie for my Halloween theme as to why I did the soft pastel painting of the chinless zombie. I must say again that she didn’t quite like my choice of a zombie as she was expecting a walking dead styled monster instead of the cartoon one I did.

I found a watercoloured painting of a cartoon zombie online and decided to image my zombie on the same idea. I used soft pastel pencils by Derwent but first sketched out my line art with a led pencil.

The zombie character was an easy sketch to colour as it was only 2D and took on the cartoony effect as the original. The only things I changed where the hair and clothes, I did add a few more open wounds on the forehead and nose to try and change it up from the original.

One of the headaches of this project was that I didn’t set my recording equipment up correctly and unfortunately, my head kept taking up most of the camera. I judge that nearly 80% of the time-lapsed recording had the top of my head in the frame.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Soft Pastel painting of a zombie.


Soft Pastel Painting Japanese Yurei

Japanese Yurei

To continue the Halloween theme that I set myself for October, I decided to paint a piece on the famous Japanese Ghost or Yurei by Sawaki Sūshi in 1737. The term Yurei is used in Japanese as ghosts or phantoms.

You will find the famous and overused long black haired lady with a white dress in every Japanese scary tv program to movies. Most stories will involve a slow-moving ghost with long black hair that flows down over her face to her knees or even to the floor. The climax of a scary story would be the ghost engulfing herself and her hair around the person being haunted with the tv sketch or scene fading out to leave the audience to wonder what happened.

Moving on with the painting I will say that I enjoyed using the soft pastel pencils over the oil pastels as I found the blending to be more easy. I did, however, use oil pastels to create an authentic canvas that would have been used to paint the original on in 1737 and was very happy with how it turned out.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Soft Pastel painting of a Japanese Yurei.


Soft Pastels Drawing IT

Soft Pastels IT

The other day my wife and I were watching the latest movie; IT, which gave me an idea to draw my first soft pastel video.

It took me some time finding a picture out of the many on the web and finial settled with a movie poster with the face of penny wise, looking down on an unexpected Georgie holding a red balloon as the evil clown’s nose.

The experience of creating something that my wife liked a lot was very enjoyable. I found the ease of blending soft pastels easier than the oil pastels that I have been using.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Soft Pastel drawing of IT.