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.


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.