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Oil Pastels For Beginners I Easy Drawing Tutorial & Techniques

teacher avatar Alina Harvi, Artist & Traveler

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Overview

    • 3. Discovering Oil Pastels

    • 4. Safety Tips

    • 5. Surfaces & Tools

    • 6. Blending Techniques & More

    • 7. Changing Color Value

    • 8. Mixed Media Painting With Oil Pastels

    • 9. Pear Drawing With Oil Pastels

    • 10. Final Thoughts

    • 11. More Oil Pastels Classes

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About This Class


                                                  Welcome to the Guide To Oil Pastels!

This class is a great opportunity both for pros and beginners to learn more about oil pastels. Oil pastels are a great medium to transfer your feelings and emotions from oil pastel stick to the paper. They are clean, easy to work with, colorful, and long-lasting. This class is a refreshing discovery of the unique medium. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to use oil pastels safely;
  • What tools & materials to use;
  • The best oil pastel techniques;
  • How to change color value;
  • How to draw a pear using oil pastels.

This class is especially great for beginners who always wanted to discover new unique mediums. You don’t need much to take this class: simply oil pastels and paper will do! 

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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! 


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1. Introduction: And a lot of artists just to work with oil pastels because of their simplicity and flexibility. And since you're watching this course, I guess you like well pastels itself. Or you just want to discover these medium for your art practice. Either way, you are in the right place. I can't emphasize enough how Greg this medium is. The textures and colors are gorgeous. They're easier to work with their long-lasting and affordable. Or it was styles look like a simple stick of color, yet it holds so many possibilities to be grating. And there are so many techniques and tricks for using oil pastels. In this class, you will discover more about this underestimated video about those techniques and everything you need to start working with oil pastels. 2. Class Overview: Hello and welcome to this guy to oil pastels. In this course, I will gather all the questions. So pastel beginners might help. You will learn about unique medium, safety tips, what tools and services to youth with it. I will also share with you some great techniques for applying and blending oil pastels, changing color values, creating gradients and much more. In order to fully open up the potential of oil pastels, I will also show you how to combine oil ourselves with other media. I will cover all the media. You can combine with oil pastels like watercolors, pencils, and the critics. Now let's go over the class, although you real quick. First we'll talk more about oil pastels. You will learn more about its advantages and some common things to know about that. Then I'll talk about safety while working with oil bust cells. After that, you will learn what surface and tools you might need or want to use when working with ourselves. You'll be ready to finally start practicing. And we'll start with the blending techniques. You will discover the most common techniques like heavy and light pressure, Blanding's companies sibling and much more. I will show you how you can change the color values using just a few colors. And after you learn all of the oil bustle techniques, will talk more about combining cells with other mediums. And I will demonstrate to you how you can actually create mixed media painting using oil pastel. As a bonus for this course to put everything you have learned into practice and share a burn trawling tutorial. I will walk you through the process of creating Imperatore, making sure you use lots of oil pastel techniques. As a project for this course, I invite you to join me as I demonstrate you all oil basaltic kings and tricks. In the resources section, you will find a chart you can use to practice those techniques. After that, you can create a few mixed media paintings. He was an oil pastels. And as a final project of this course, you'll create a bird hauling following my tutorial. 3. Discovering Oil Pastels: Cells are basically cylindrical sticks of pigments mixed with a binder. Binder is made up of mineral oils and VAX. That's why all bands have that xy consistency and therefore alpha cells formed, crumble or released to us like soft pastels too. Helper cells are a nice alternative to other media because they're cheaper, they require fewer supplies and they are more portable. And still they produce bright intense colors. Their size and eastern US make them perfect reportable. This makes them great for traveling or blend air. You wouldn't need any ben brushes, solvents, or ability to work with oil bust cells because cells go straight from your hand into the surface. When I'm traveling, I need something portable and simple to carry around. And that's why I always take by OPA sales and my sketchbook with me. That's all I need to create a drawing on the road. But you should also know about oil bust cells is that they are very temperature sensitive. They got harder than gold and softer than war, which sorta and warmer oil bust sales bland and smear more easily. So keep that in mind when you decide on where to store your oil pastels. So if you decide to give oil pastels and try it, you can buy oil pastels in artist's quality or students quality. You can buy them individually or insects. Students quality oil pastels are Rx here and harder. And today the content Jupiter pigments, while high-quality pastels are more earlier and premier. What I like about oil pastels is that you can either buy asset containing a good start, a palette of colors, or you can select your own custom rage of colors and quality. I would suggest you to consider, begin with the best quality oil pastels you can afford. The quality of oil bust sales is important for a number of reasons. Cheaper oil bust sales don't blend as well together and they have a look and feel of something like kids grants. This can discourage oil pastel beginners, and they often move on to something else without really discovering how great this medium is. So if you're just starting out and if you're not sure, you can either start out by buying your favorite painting colors individually, which will keep the costs down. Or look for an inexpensive small sets of artists quality oil pastels. 4. Safety Tips: When you work with Elba sells, your fingers will certainly get covered in pastel pigment. It's good to know that most Elba cell pigments are not toxic. And for pigments that are toxic such as cadmium, and they're small and safe amount is used to remove the pigments from your fingers. So don't drop your eyes and cover up and you wouldn't consider using glass if you're concerned, are you allergic and wash your hands before eating or drinking? Keep paper towels around to keep your hands clean. Then working with the staff. 5. Surfaces & Tools: Let's start with must have tools. I must say that you can easily get by without special equipment because helper cells go straight from your hand into the surface this way I chose to work with oil bacillus in the first place. I needed something portable and simple to carry around when traveling. And I must say it was a great choice. Just for comparison for oil painting, I need easel, oils, can glass politeness, brushes and outlets and much more. And I've worked with oil bust cells. All I need is felt ourselves a sketch book or paper and some napkins just to clean up my fingers. This is the basic You're gonna need, but you can also experiment with different tools and techniques. So let's see what you might need and it'll be closed containers in order to keep your oil Versailles to exclaim and get pure colors in your drawings, find good search for them. And I'm traveling. I don't want to carry a big containers around in my backpack. So I keep my old boss L6 in small beck. It's more portable but they're also get dirty real. So I clean them with a napkin before I use them. As I've mentioned, I use paper towels to wipe flooring colors from oil pastels. I also use them to keep my fingers clean and for bending. For Benton, you can also use Q tips there, especially common handy when you want to bend really small details in your drawings. I will talk more about that in the next lesson. And you make sure to always have a paper napkin when you start working with oil pastels, you might also need almost any sharp tool, a paint knife, wooden stakes, even screwdriver well will do. You can scrape, scratch, oil bust cells from the surface to create a texture as effects to your drawing, or even start your drawing over again. With oil pastels, different kinds of paper Canvas, brand put panels can be used. However, for best results, I would recommend you heavier paper such as Purcell or watercolor paper. It allows you to create multiple layers of oil pastels without worrying about damaging the surface. 6. Blending Techniques & More: Tell techniques you can use. And I have covered the most common in this course. So let's start with pressure. There are two main ways to apply or brand oil pastels with light or heavy pressure. Let's start with light pressure. It's perfect. Then you want to layer multiply colors to achieve various values or create more depth to, to arrange for that. Just slightly add oil pastels on surface with little pressure. Now let's compare it to have a pressure. You can use it when you are going for more rich and vibrant. Generously add oil pastels in one direction onto the surface. Is another great technique to use. You can apply multiple layers of colors on top of each other to get more rich and vibrant effect. There are actually two ways you can player oil pastels. You can layer dark color on light or light color on top. I'm going to demonstrate to you the difference these two approaches Create. And I'll also leave some pure color, your orange until Brown, so you can compare the colors. You can create bi-layer Inc. It's gambling is another great underestimated technique for adding water and energy to a trawling. Here are different colors can be applied in broken and chaotic layers on top of each other. I'm going to demonstrate to you the difference between complained analog colors comes in with a complimentary colors. Because you can see scattering creates Montana. And it's much more fun and interesting to player colors in these way, rather than just a plan blue or green color. Separate is great if you want to create depth, optical illusion of color blending by putting colors close together. There are two different approaches to use stippling technique. We can either create short strokes of oil pastel paint or you can create dots. You can clear dots by pushing oil by cells onto the paper. And that's just a slight twist. We'll help you choose a transition between different colors. As I have already mentioned in my previous lesson, helper cells can dependent or intermixed with help of paper towels, fingers, or bending stamps. For cholera Banting, apply the first color you chose with a consistent pressure. Then apply the second color, overlap it with the first one. This will help you to create smooth transition. I am going to demonstrate to you the difference between blending with your finger and repetition. I will use the same colors just so you see the difference. Gradient will help you achieve the transition between different color values. And it's similar to blending technique. Okay, use gradient technique. And especially when I want to create clear simple sky. So when I want to create nice gradient of colors, I apply the first column. I chose consistent pressure. Then you apply the second color, overlap it within the first one. And this will help you create smooth transition. Now let's talk about another technique you really wanna use. These techniques called scrapie. Scraping is perfect technique to create, find details and add more texture to the touring. Scraping technique is basically put in Q colors on top of each other. And then scraping FA, through the upper layers. You can use any pointed objects. So scraped, oil bust sales, rom the surface. So let's have a closer look on how to create scraping technique. Thing I do is I create and I'm debating or fun or semi-rural, bright colors. When underpinning is finished, I add another layer of oil pastels that covers the under painting. And once the upper layer is complete, you can scratch away at the top layer. You can also create bite onto painting incase if you want to know the details in utero coming to be white. For that you should first to lay a white oil bust nail color. And then on top of it you can layer and the colour oil bust cells who want. And then you can scratch away at the upper layer. 7. Changing Color Value: So you can change the value of the colors basically by lightning on darkening colors. And it comes to changing. Lending plays a big role in getting good results. For comparison. In this lesson, I will be using to pure colors, blue and orange. So you can really see the difference between adenine and dark and in different colors. So I'm going to solve that pure blue color. And let's start with lightening. First, either their original pure colors here, and then I will add it on top of it. You can also use any light colors like Bash. And as you can see, it creates a lighter value of the original blue color. It's a great way to create criminalized colors for your rhetorics. And guess if you want to get darker value of color, you can add darker colors on top of the original one. So let's start by Blend and ARPU boo with great fans again on top of few, I likely apply gray and I blend it with my fingers. Don't say how drastically changes the color value in comparison with both previous colors. The more gray you apply the Mozart gate will be. Now let's push the value further and make it even more darker. For that outer layer plaque on top of blue. Too much Berg because it might block the blue. Slightly applied on top and blend them together. To see how gray and black created almost the same value. It's because I was using too much gray. So by changing the quantity and the pressure of additional gray or black or white, you can change and Bushnell color values in the direction you want. Now let's do the same. Orange. Once again, I'm layering pure orange color just for comparison so we can see the difference between values of this color. And I'm going to start with lightning again. So I'm layering EBIT of orange color. And on top of it, I'm layering byte. Then you can blend them together and see these creamy, lightly orange result. Now, let's see what will be with our orange. If we add gray on top of it. It will certainly be Motier and not as green color as you hope so. But I want to demonstrate to you how it will look like and what can be if you add darker colors on top of lighter colors. So once again, I will be layer in gray and then I will be re-written bled on top of my piu orange colors. As you can see, we get this greenish color. Check value of color. You don't really want in algebra. But in case if you want to now you know how to create it. 8. Mixed Media Painting With Oil Pastels: Nixon, your media is a great way to create new effects and challenge your art and yourself. So you're usually working with watercolors. Equivalents are bands was good news is that you can combine them with oil pastels. So don't worry about having a break from your watercolors. You can still use them as you discover oil pastels too. I must say that we as mixed media paintings using oil bacillus is a great skill to learn and it's also a topic for a separate course. In this lesson, I'll only scratch the surface of this topic and I'll talk about the rules to follow when combined all by ourselves with other media. But that's kind of the only rule of thumb you have to know. And the rule is fed overline, which means you can mix all busters with other medium as long as you use of a cells of the media, oil and water do not mix as the oil does not dissolve in the water. And in case if you first their oil pastels and then you try to layer acrylics or whatever color they will eventually separate from each other and oil pastels underneath will never tried. So keep in mind that the oily as medium should always be on top because you won't be able to paint acrylic or watercolors over oil pastels. So you can use acrylics, watercolors, pencils, markers, and much more outer oil pastels. As long as you follow this rule, you can mix different media without struggle. So let's take a closer look to some of the possible combinations. And let's start with watercolors. Oil pastels of a watercolors work loudly. But to color is a fantastic painting medium to combine with oil pastels. It's intuitive and responsive. Together they create this dissonance. Lead makes your bending stand out because you can always control watercolors, but you can't say the same about oil pastels. And that's why I find these combinations really interests. Or you can create the whole watercolor painting and then just add to it some spice, some texture and color with oil pastels. For example, let me demonstrate you real quick one of many ways to create mixed media painting using watercolors and oil pastels. So now I'll create a simple abstract watercolor painting. I will use just a few colors here to make it simple. And then I will let him try. And once it's competitive and try, we can apply. All our cells are watercolors. This will add more vibrant colors and texture in the landscape, even more eye-catching. And so this is how it looks like. As you can see, you can combine oil pastels with other media and the result will be stunning. You. Much more media to try with oil pastels like pencils, markers, and bands. In this lesson, I have covered just a few of them, but I'll make sure to create an entire course just for this topic. So make sure to follow, optimise this new course. 9. Pear Drawing With Oil Pastels: Drawing symbols till objects like apples or beers is a great way to learn new techniques and gets us to new medium. In this case, we'll pass tells. So let's start with drawing the simple shape of the peer. You can either find a reference photo you will use drew from your imagination or follow my lead. So now that we have an indication of the beer in the next step would be to make a color statement. I want my fear to be mostly green and yellow. So I'm just going to start with light if healing in yellow ochre color in the darker areas of the Pier. As you can see, I'm starting by using light pressure. Then you are walking with a robust cell. And there is the possibility that you will add too many layers. And eventually there'll be too much pigment on the surface that will be just moving around as you try to add another layer of color. That's why I'm starting with light pressure. So now I'm concentrating on dark areas of the year to build in the shadow of some kind of layer darker value here by using burnt sienna color. So now I want to make stronger statement. So I'm gonna add dark green here, concerned with light pressure and the surface. Great. So now I want to feel lighter areas with color. And I'm gonna start with orange. So I have one here on the left side of a beer as well as a little bit in the middle. And now I'm just gonna continue layering colors. Now I want to add to the shadow area. And after that, I went to blend these colors together and planting the colors I've applied with my fingers in order to create a smoother appearance. I prefer using my fingers when I wanted to blend colors because then you learned with paper towel, you can't really feel that had been man's ends. It just too much waste. Now I'm going to use grumbling technique in order to add depth to this shadow area. I will start with the blue color and I will just create a few code see clients here. And after that, I will add dark green here. With the same technique. I'm gonna use a bit of Dharug mean to push and darker value further. I'm gonna layer more yellow right on top on background colors. Blend together, creating one depth. So we have already established and a highlight areas. And now we again make it stronger by applying more layers of yellow. Now I'm using white oil bus, which will help me to lighten up nice areas. Don't forget to clean your oil pastels, especially when you have applied many layers. Forget my white oil bust sales team. If you don't clean it, it will just move around there until layers. So I clean it with paper towel and keep on applying it to the surface. Don't be afraid to add more vibrant and vivid colors to entering in order to intensify it and make it more interesting. So I'm gonna add here and bright green just to lead. And as you can see, the period looks Much better now with it. And then going for realistic look with this drawing, I want to make it more expressive anti brand. So I'm gonna add branch read here in some areas. At that time? That okay. Okay. At the end. And here are a few strokes of Frank vet from time to time. And now I want to add the shadow and they've been ground here to for the shadow arrow firstly, identify the shape of it. And then I will add here dark brown and blue colors were more natural looked. So try not to use just flag for your shadow. Instead, use turn brown and green, blue. Okay? Speaking by the background, it will help us to identify the agents often appear. You can choose the background color that will contrast nicely with the color of your peer. I'm simply going to use light blue because I'm going for more fresh em to bright look. Thank you. In order to make this peer more textured and more interesting, I will use scraping technique a bit. So I'm gonna use my bending knife and scrape the surface a little bit. Here and there. I will scrapped away at some of the pigments. As I have already mentioned, I love to use scraping technique in my oil pastel drawings. It creates these interesting and I want to, you can answer, scrape away something from your background too. I think this will grade the textural and more interesting loop, so I'm gonna do it. And I will also scrape away a few pigments and from my shadow area. And that's it. So take a look at TOP here at the drawing and Luca will t1 to t2 change may be after few colors. Maybe use a few more techniques here. And I will see you in the next class. 10. Final Thoughts: As you can see, oh, pastels offer you a great new painting experience. Ends definitely worth trying. You cannot learn more about this unique medium. Safety tips, what tools and surfaces to us with it. You have also learned great techniques what plan and planting oil pastels, changing color values, great ingredients, and created a drawing of a pair isn't Iopas tabs. So let's go over some advantages of alpha cells. So cells are achieved. Their portable and easy to clean and easy to control. They can be used on paper, canvas and lots of other surfaces that can be used alone or as a part of mixed media painting. You can scrape and spread of oil pastels as you wish. And you can create gorgeous artworks using health as a project officer. And I invite you to create a chart of where Bucknell techniques, loudness and combinations with other mediums. But that he was the Charles River plant or coarser sister discourse. After that, you can do it a few mixed media main things isn't robust tells f as final project for this course, your grid appear charming. 11. More Oil Pastels Classes: I hope you enjoyed learning about Oba sales today. If you want to learn even more and create more oil pastels, drawings and practice more techniques. I invite you to check out my old boss tells classes. You can learn about scraping techniques with my chorus, expressing landscape with oil by cells, scraping techniques. Or you can create textured and colorful drawings of lovers using my girl's sexual oil pastels, flowers in west, there are even more oil pastel classes to COMSOL follow, not to miss my new classes. If you like my courses and artworks I created, you can also follow me on my social media. You can also support me on Patreon. There I'm sharing my turn only post with an inside look at upcoming paintings and projects. I show my Downloads, discounts and much for your support, I will be able to continue working on my new modes and create new artwork. As a reward for your support, you will get an inside look at them and paintings and protest. Monthly access to my art classes and even for paintings and discounts.