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Dynamic Pastel Figures: Ghat Women Streaming Video

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In this figure painting demonstration Dawn Emerson shares pastel painting techniques to create expressive, colorful art.
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Fall in love with color with this exciting figure painting demonstration in pastel. In this video workshop, Dawn Emerson shares her pastel painting techniques to capture design with color and value, bringing energy and life to the figures. You'll begin by looking at photo references and sketches to explore composition--paintings with multiple figures can be complicated, but Dawn's depth of instruction on how to make the figures work together are easy to understand and put into practice. From here, Dawn encourages you to follow along and learn as she paints this scene from every day life, turning the ordinary into extraordinary art!

Dawn begins the painting with a charcoal underpainting, sketching in big shapes to place the subject on the surface, using an eraser as a drawing tool to establish a range of values. Then watch as she adds darks and midtones with pastel; as blocks of color build, the painting slowly blossoms with color. From here, Dawn starts to fine tune the design, bringing in values of lighter or darker pastels, as well as line and edge variety to push and pull the painting to a completed pastel composition full of life.

This pastel painting video includes:

  • Pastel painting techniques for line, value, and edges
  • Lessons on how to paint expressive art using gesture, pastel application, and mood
  • Mark-making techniques for brushwork and pastel
  • How to use color and value to create an exciting composition
  • Figure painting demonstrations step-by-step--paint multiple figures in one painting

Preview Dynamic Pastel Figures here now to explore color and design in the photo reference, learn about value and creating a sense of atmosphere in the charcoal underpainting, and learn best practices for pastel line and color to lead the viewer's eye through the painting:


Drawing Tools

  • Charcoal (vine, soft and compressed, pencils)
  • Water-soluble pencil
  • Pastels (sticks, pencils, pan)
  • Erasers (hard and kneaded)
  • 1-inch flat brush
  • Sumi-e Chinese brush
  • Chinese ink


  • Rives BFK Printmaking Paper


  • Paper shop towels
  • Masking tape
  • Drawing board or foam core support
  • Water

About the Artist
Dawn Emerson has been a workshop instructor for twenty years. She holds signature status from PSWC and PSA and has won numerous major awards. Dawn’s work is featured in Strokes of Genius and she has written numerous articles for Pastel Journal. Visit Dawn at her website, to learn more about her work and upcoming events.

Additional Information

SKU R7384
Product Type Streaming Video
Instructor Dawn Emerson
Runtime 63 minutes
Skills Creativity, Paint
Art Style Expressive
Skill Level All Levels
Content Figure
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