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How To Draw With Pastels

Watch more How to Draw for Beginners videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Use these steps to learn the simple art of drawing with pastels for lasting visual effect. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Sketch an outline Sketch an outline onto pastel paper using a graphite pencil. Step 2: Decide between oil and dry Determine whether you want to use oil pastels or dry pastels. Oil pastels create layers and glide over previous lines; dry pastels are better suited for blending. Tip Work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling pastel particles. Step 3: Sketch fine lines Use the thin pastels to sketch in the finer lines in your drawing. Sharpen the tip for an even finer line. Step 4: Color wider areas Color larger areas with the thick pastels. Use wide, sweeping strokes. Tip Don't apply too much pressure -- pastels break easily. Step 5: Use a cotton swab for special effects Use a cotton swab to smear colors into the paper, and blend them for special effects. Step 6: Blend colors next to each other Blend colors that are next to each other by smudging them with the end of a rolled-up scrap of paper to create a natural-light effect. Did You Know? Pastels have been used since the 16th century, but didn't gain popularity until the 18th century.
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