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.