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.


Oil Pastel Painting of a Haunted House

Haunted House

To finish off my Halloween theme I wanted to go out with a bang, so I decided to paint a Haunted House with a silhouette of a man standing at the gates.

The image I chose was from a movie-shot that I found online, but unfortunately, I don’t remember where I found the image and from what movie the still was taken.

To start I did a pencil sketch of the outline of the manor, I then used mostly dark colours to try and capture the building and then added the overgrown foliage to give it a bit of an effect. The outer edges I kept dark as I wanted to try and capture a night theme with broken posts of gates at the bottom to give it an extra creepy feel.

I’m not sure if the added mist was needed or not and to tell the truth, I’m not really convinced it sets off an eerie feeling that I wanted.

Anyway I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel painting of a Haunted House.


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.


Oil Pastel Painting Vampire in the Shadows

Vampire in the Shadows

To continue the Halloween festivities I’ve decided to paint a Vampire in the Shadows using mostly oil pastels with the help soft pastels.

I wanted to do a vampire for some time for my Halloween theme but couldn’t find an image that suited my style. The ones that I did find where gothic and mostly of vampire women possed in suductive ways.

I chose the Vampire in the Shadows after watching an episode of Van Hellsing on Netflix, which gave me an idea of an ancient Vampire hiding in the shadow of its cloak. I did find out after that my wife didn’t like what I painted and would have settled for a gothic women vampire; Ha!

The process of painting this canvas was simple as most of the colours where dark with a lot of black, grey and a bit of white to highlight the parts of the vampires face that eluded the shadows.

I think the blood dripping out of the mouth and down the creatures face added a bit of character, along with his yellow stained teeth that hinted he was centuries old.

I hope you enjoy watching my time-lapsed recording of my Oil Pastel painting of a Vampire in the Shadows.