Floral Oil Pastel Drawing With Blurred Background | Alina Harvi | Skillshare

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Floral Oil Pastel Drawing With Blurred Background

teacher avatar Alina Harvi, Artist & Traveler

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Sketching

    • 4. Blurred Background Flowers

    • 5. Adding Background

    • 6. Drawing Stems

    • 7. Foreground Flowers

    • 8. Final Touch

    • 9. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


In this class, discover how to create a floral drawing with a blurred background using oil pastels. Blurred or soft-focus backgrounds lend a sense of space and depth to a drawing. It will help you to set the mood for your drawing, and make it more sophisticated. This class is a refreshing discovery of oil pastels, the medium worth a try.

Tools and materials to use in this class:

  • oil pastels
  • watercolor paper 30x20 cm
  • masking tape

This class is great both for beginners as well as for experienced artists.
If oil pastel is a completely new medium for you, you can also take Oil Pastel For Beginners class, where you'll learn all the basic information about oil pastels.


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Alina Harvi

Artist & Traveler



Hi all, thank you for checking out my Skillshare page! I'm Alina, I'm a translator, manager, and self-taught artist based in Ukraine. My two biggest passions in life are art and traveling. One day I dream to combine those two passions of mine and never take them apart. In meanwhile, I create oil paintings, oil pastel drawings, travel sketches, and art classes. 

I love sharing my knowledge, the process of creating classes is something really inspiring for me. I want more people to discover and to love my art and my classes. For this reason, I want to share them here with you and I hope you'll love them! 


You can support me on Patreon, where I'm sharing the patron-only posts with an inside look at upcoming... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Blurred or soft focus background lend a sense of space and depth to the drawing. You may see lots of artists use the soft focused background in their works. And this class is a perfect opportunity for you to learn this technique as well. And it doesn't matter whether you create these kind of background for a portrait, landscape, or floral drawing, it will definitely advance your final result. It will help you to set the mood for a drawing and make it more sophisticated. The best part is that it's easier than you think. Makes this class perfect for oil beginners as well. Hello, and thank you for joining me in this oil pastel class. Today I will show you how to create blurred background for your oil pastel drawings. You will see that with the right approach and simple bending techniques, you can make your own oil pastel drawings even more gorgeous. So in this class you will discover what tools and materials to use, where to start when you want to create a blurry background. And finally, you will learn how to create blurred background with oil pastels using blending techniques. And you will create your own drawing. This class is perfect opportunity for you to learn a refreshing and exciting way to work with oil pastels and advance your drawing skills, is what makes this class perfect, both for beginners and experienced artists. 2. Class Project: The project of this class is an oil pastel drawing with blurred background. You can either choose your own reference photo, all the one I was using. I will leave my reference photo attached in the resources, so it will be easier for you to follow the process of creating the drawing. I hope you will have fun taking this class as well as creating the project. And I can’t wait to see your projects, so don't forget to share it once you are finished. 3. Sketching : Great, So we finally made it to the demonstration part of this class. And now we can start on grades in our drawing of the flowers with a blurred background. So first, I'm using yellow ocher oil pastel. So briefly sketch the flowers. As I have already mentioned in this class, I will be using the reference photo I have found on Pinterest. You can find it in resources. And you can also use your imagination or your own reference photo for your drawing. So basically on these stations that hiring process, we are defining the flowers. What I'm also gonna do here is to use two separate colors for this sketch. First, I start with yellow ocher to define the main flowers that will be on the foreground. And then I will also use pink oil pastels. So sketch the flower set will be appear on the background. Feel free to leave out all the unnecessary details on the stage of the drawing. Now, it's more important to define the sizes and shapes of the flowers. And later we will add more details as we will create our touring. 4. Blurred Background Flowers: Now that we have the general sketch mapped out thick and now block in the general colors to the background. And so let's start with the flowers that will deploy it in our drawing. Adding color to these flowers will help us to define the shapes and make certain color statements as well. So I'm starting with light being oil pastels by using light pressure. On the stage of the drawing process. You can work on the background flowers, which means you can skip the bigger foreground flowers and drove them later. Let's write. This is also a great opportunity for you to decide on which flowers will be blurred for the background. Once you have finished book and in the light pink cells with the flowers, you can now blend them. And as we want those background farmers to be blurry, then being pigment to divide oil pastels. With the heavy version, you will be able to layer more white pigment, which will help you to blend oil pastels easier and create that blurt lose effect. We are striving for. 5. Adding Background : Let's continue on creating simple ground for joining. We have already defined the farmers on the ground and now we can move on on edge in the blue background Skype. Now on the reference photo, we've got the sky and I want it for the drawing as well. So now we will get there in blue oil bust cells with heavy pressure so that you will have enough pigment to blend later. Keep on layering oil pastels until you cover all the surface you want. And then you can then the blue oil pastel pigments with the fingers and the little bit of light oil pastel pigment on top of the blue one will make the blending smoother and more blurry. As you keep on then in the blue pigment, make sure to blend it with the pink flowers that you have already added to your chewing. In order to make the transition between the blue sky and the flowers as smooth as you can. A good bending is a keto create that blurred background to make sure you blend the background objects very well together and there are no sharp edges between them. 6. Drawing Stems: So far we have added the flowers and the blue background. And so now it's time to draw the stems here as well. For that, I will be using green oil pastels and with a light pressure hydro several thin stems to the fibers by applying oil pastels, but in the light pressure and make sure that the green stems are not too bright and not too vibrant. As we are going for a more blurred and lights but fell look. With that in mind, you can also experiment with the pressure as you're buying oil pastels to help you to add more contrast so you're towing and make it more detailed. Next, what we're going to do is we will then oil pastels, we helped to create the stems. For that, you can use a Q-tip as it will be much more easier for you to blend such fine details as if you would use your fingers for that. I'm going to blend the green oil by cells to make sure that the stems really blurred. And the transition between the sky and the cells is minimum. 7. Foreground Flowers: Great, So now that we have created background, we can now finally add a few more flowers on top of that. Those are the flowers that will be on the foreground and they will draw the most attention. That's why we want these flowers to be more vibrant, sharper, and clear. For that, we are going to start with the light pink oil pastels, as we did with the flowers on the background. Yet this time we're going to layer the pigment using heavy pressure. By using the heavy pressure, you will be able to layer more pigment and make them vibrant, eye-catching. Use your finger or a Q-tip to blend the oil pastels. Then you can layer some darker colors to define the petals on the flowers and blend them together as well. As a finishing touch to each flower. You can use the bag, oil pastels, and the stem. We want the flowers on the foreground to be sharp and vibrant, that they will stand out from the background. As we draw more flowers. Even to use heavy pressure. Today I'm a big man. Oil pastels to create clear sharp edges. And so by using this method, you can add as many followers as you want. If you want to have a variety of different flowers in your drawing, you can improvise when the shapes, sizes, and colors of the flowers. For example, here I'm gonna create another flower. But this time I will start by layering darker pink first. Next, I'm going to blend it with a Q-tip to smooth out the edges. And then I'm gonna layer light pink oil pastels on top of it. This is a great way to make the fibers more diverse and at the same time to give the color palette of the trauma inconsistent. And so just like that, you keep on drawing the fibers until you are happy with the result. And then you can proceed to the final stage of the drawing process. Then we will add a few final details. 8. Final Touch: Congrats, You've made it to the final stage of this class. So far, together, we have created blurred background and the flowers on the foreground as well. Now it's time for us to close all the gaps left and add the finishing touch to the drawing. So look at your drawing once again and see what else you want to add to it. So for example, here you can draw some leaves, more stems and buds to the flowers, and add more texture and color to the drawing as well. First thing I want to do here is to reapply some dark green pastels to the flower stems to add more color and contrast to them. And to make them really stand out. For that, you can use dark green or even brown oil pastels and layer them with medium pressure. Next, you can add some leaves to the flowers as well. And once again, you can use different colors here. You can use different values of green. You can use burnt sienna or brown oil pastels, or even black. And as you do so, you can instantly see how a singular stroke of oil pastels adds more life and energy to your drawing. And keep drawing until you're happy with the result. And as a final finishing touches to the drawing, I want to add some texture here as well. And to do so, I'm going to use my favorite scraping technique. You may already heard about scraping technique as I use it a lot in my drawings. And I suggest you to try this technique as well. As it will really add more texture to a drawing and it will make it more interesting and original. 9. Final Thoughts: And so this is my final result. Together we have created a great oil pastel drawing with blurred the ground. And so as you can see, creating these kinds of backgrounds in your drawings, It's really easy. Once you start with the right approach, you master your oil pastel bending skills. By the way, you can learn even more about oil pastel bending and other great techniques in my guide to oil pastels. So make sure you check out this class as well. And also, I want to remind you that you can always support me on patreon, that you can make a small pledge and as a reward, you will get the insight look to my upcoming paintings, Classes, and other projects I'm working on. Thank you for taking this class and please don't forget to share your results. I can't wait to see your oil pastel drawings with blurred background. So make sure to share them. And I will see you in the next class.