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Expressive Portrait Drawing with Soft Pastels

A course by Chris Gambrell , Artist and Fashion Illustrator

Artist and Fashion Illustrator. Bristol, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021

Learn how to combine mark-making, composition, and color using soft pastels to create captivating portraits filled with emotion

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  • 98% positive reviews (254)
  • 6115 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to combine mark-making, composition, and color using soft pastels to create captivating portraits filled with emotion

A course by Chris Gambrell

Through the use of color, texture, and expressive strokes, a pastel portrait has the power to transfix its viewer’s attention. Artist and fashion illustrator Chris Gambrell is passionate about capturing the movement and character of his subjects. He has worked with major European fashion houses and editorials, including VOGUE and Artists & Illustrators magazine.

Discover the feeling of crushing pastels onto paper to create depth and layers. Experiment with different mark-making techniques, learn to balance colors, and create striking pastel portrait compositions filled with mood and rhythm.

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What will you learn in this online course?

16 lessons & 22 downloads

Mark Making
12 minutes, 12 seconds
Colour Study
10 minutes, 37 seconds
Sourcing References
7 minutes, 46 seconds
Initial Sketching 1
13 minutes, 22 seconds
Proportions 1
15 minutes, 49 seconds
  • 98% positive reviews (254)
  • 6115 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 18m)
  • 22 additional resources (8 files)
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

Draw a portrait with soft pastels using a reference photograph.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for drawing enthusiasts and anyone interested in using soft pastels to create striking portraits.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience with soft pastels is required to take this course, just the curiosity to explore portrait drawing with this medium.

As for materials, you will need a basic range of soft pastels, a pencil, an eraser, standard 80gsm A4 paper, an A3 size sketchpad, and fixative spray. Optional materials are mentioned at the beginning of the course.


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6115 Students
254 Reviews
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Chris Gambrell

A course by Chris Gambrell

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Artist and Fashion Illustrator

Exploring form, color, and texture through portraiture is a passion Chris carries with him since his teenage years in Bristol, UK. Always seeking to give a fresh perspective on movement and character, he could usually be found at local cafés, filling his sketchbooks with expressive renderings. Chris got his first comissioned work soon after graduating with an illustration degree at the University of the West of England and transitioned into fashion illustration soon after, with clients like Zara clothing.

Following his return from a twelve-year sabbatical in 2016, he started an Instagram account to document his artwork, which gave way to numerous work opportunities. He began illustrating for major European fashion houses and editorials. In 2020, he was chosen by VOGUE to be one of seven artists to draw his favorite looks from VOGUE’s Runway archive pages. Since then, his vibrant portraits have been featured in numerous exhibitions and art galleries. His most recent commissions include the book cover illustration for–art critic from The Guardian–Jonathan Jones’s biography on Artemisia Gentileschi.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Pastel Portraiture Fundamentals

    • Introduction to Materials
    • The Importance of Keeping a Sketchbook
    • Mark Making
    • Colour Study
    • Sourcing References
  • U3

    Creating Your Pastel Portrait

    • Initial Sketching 1
    • Initial Sketching 2
    • Proportions 1
    • Proportions 2
    • Details
    • Making an Image Work as a Piece
    • Colour Work
  • U4

    Sharing Your Work

    • Fixing the Work and Packaging
    • Photographing and Social Media
  • FP

    Final project

    • X Pastel Portait

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Expressive Portrait Drawing with Soft Pastels. Illustration course by Chris Gambrell Best seller

Expressive Portrait Drawing with Soft Pastels

A course by Chris Gambrell
Artist and Fashion Illustrator. Bristol, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
  • 98% positive reviews (254)
  • 6115 students