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 Pastel Painting of a Portrait of my Eldest Son


Today I would like to share with you my latest project of a Portrait of my Eldest Son that I’m in the process of painting.

This project will be done over several weeks as I want to capture the true image of my son. It will be a painting that my wife has said will be hung up in our house for everyone one to see once it finished. Plus it will also be a test to see if she orders me to do the remaining three children, so I must do this one without any negative feedback, oh the horror!

First, I started by doing a brief sketch of my son posed in an area with good lighting and a neutral expression. I started on the left eye and nose as these are the two details that I have the most trouble. I’m using Derwent soft pastel pencils, and I also have soft pastel chalks and a blending stump in my art kit.

I’m not sure if I will be doing a recorded Part1 and Part2 series, leading onto a Part 3 and so on or create a long time-lapsed video of the whole portrait. The reason for this is the time I spend on the painting as I only want to work on it when I have a whole morning or afternoon free from distractions.

I will keep you updated on the progress of the painting and the decision on how I want to proceed with my time-lapsed recordings.


Oil Pastel Painting Mum and Baby Ghost Portrait

Mum and Baby Ghost Portrait

Today I would like to share with you my painting of a Mum and Baby Ghost Portrait that I did for Halloween.

I would be happier with this cute portrait but I was shot down by my wife and children saying that it looks more like the Japanese Teru Teru Bozu (Balls) that young children hang in the rainy season to ask for good weather.

In its creation, I used a lot of blacks and when it came to blending I found it very difficult to blend the black into the white. The eyes for the baby ghost didn’t stay rounded as much as I liked and I had to put a lot of white into the shadows to create a smokey background.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel Mum and Baby Ghost Portrait painting.


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.


Oil Pastel Paint Scary Halloween

Oil Pastel Scary Halloween

To start off the Halloween festivities I created a Scary Halloween scene.

I wanted a painting with a rotting Jack-o-lantern, breathing smoke out of its mouth across the canva to give it a real evil effect for Halloween.

I did have trouble blending the smoke to create floating breath as I ended up blending in many colours to make it realistic.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel Painting Scary Halloween.


Oil Pastel Painting Fire in the Mountains

Oil Pastel Fire in the Mountains

Hello everyone, and welcome to another post. Today I would like to share with you an oil pastel painting I did on the everpresent forest and wildfires that are raging in the world due to climate change.

The oil pastel painting I did was of a photo I saw of a wildfire in California at night. I found this piece very difficult to captor the raging fire in a mountain with a dark solute of cabin or lodge as if standing on a rise looking down at the devastation.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel Painting of a Fire in the Mountains.


Oil Pastel Painting Wallpapering in the Day

Today I decided to create an oil pastel painting of a scene where two painter and decorators wallpaper in the day.

I got the idea from seeing a few oil pastel paintings where a painter was painting in the night sky, so I decided to do the opposite but with wallpaper. I also added the wallpaper table, bucket of paste and box of rolled wallpaper.

I tried to keep to the illusion of that the two decorators where wallpapering their environment by adding trees and birds with clouds floating in the sky.

This oil pastel painting was enjoyable to create. I hope you enjoy my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel Painting Wallpapering in the Day.


Oil Pastel Painting of Japan

Oil Pastel of Japan

To start of my Youtube and Blog adventure I decided to do an oil pastel piece on Japan.

The image I chose to create was to have mount Fuji in the background with a large red sun that represented the red dot of the Japanese flag. I then added a small temple at the bottom with a small island with a bridge and samurai looking out over the ocean as a small fishing boat rowed its way back to shore as the giant sun begins to set.

To create the piece I used oil pastels and kitchen paper to blend the colours, with the help of a blending stick and then used an HB10 pencil to shade in the fishing boat, land, bridge and temple.

I hope you enjoy my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel Painting of Japan.