Fall in love with figure painting with this colorful demonstration in pastel. Follow along with Dawn Emerson as she shares her pastel painting techniques to capture design with color and value, bringing energy and life to your figure paintings!
Dawn uses photo references and sketches to help you compose paintings with multiple figures. From here, Dawn starts the painting based on the sketch, encouraging you to follow her exciting process! She begins with a charcoal underpainting and big shapes to place the subject, "drawing" with an eraser to establish a range of values. Then watch as she adds darks and midtones with pastel, building the painting slowly with layers of color and gradually more detail to a completed pastel composition full of life.
This pastel painting demo includes:
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:
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, DawnEmerson.com to learn more about her work and upcoming events.
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