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Sketching Animals in Soft Pastels with Kate Amedeo

teacher avatar Jekaterina Kotelnikova, Artist & Language Tutor

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Intro to Sketching Animals

    • 2. Ginger kitten: Choosing the colors

    • 3. Ginger kitten: Sketch

    • 4. Ginger kitten 1

    • 5. Ginger kitten 2

    • 6. Ginger kitten 3

    • 7. Ginger kitten 4

    • 8. Ginger kitten 5

    • 9. Ginger kitten 6

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About This Class

Hi there! I'm Kate Amedeo. I am an artist and an illustrator and in this class, I will show you how to sketch painterly animal portraits. We will create painterly artwork of different animals, from cats and dogs to tigers, fishes and birds in one hour or less, thus - Sketching Animals :)

If you have never tried your hand at soft pastels I have another class here on Skillshare that will guide you through the basics. After completing the Soft Pastels for Beginners I will be happy to see you in this class.

Every week I will be adding a new animal to the tutorial here. We will go through all the stages of the artwork, from color selection to drawing, layering and adding color.

Hope to see your beautiful artwork in the gallery!

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Jekaterina Kotelnikova

Artist & Language Tutor


Hi there! I'm Kate and I am an artist and an illustrator (and a mom of a wonderful 5-year-old). I live and work in Jelgava, Latvia. 

When I was very young I went to art school but did not finish it as I got really tired of everyone telling me what 'the right way' to do things is. I believe that in art there is no right or wrong :)

I returned to drawing and then painting after I started having problems with my health. Right after I gave birth to my daughter I was in pain 24/7 for over a year and a half when I was finally diagnozed with fibromyalgia (for those of you who are lucky enough not to know what that is, it's an illness that makes your nerves transmit paint which is not there). 

I run my YouTube art channel, Patreon, my little online art school... See full profile

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1. Intro to Sketching Animals: Hi there. I'm caked on the dale. I am an illustrator. And the night test? In this class I will show you how to sketch animals and soft pastels. We will be doing different animals in different breeds from horses to dogs, cats, tigers, birds, fish and so on. I will teach you how to sketch an animal so that it represents the likeness within a Knauer . You will not have to spend Asian please on one thing and you will have a beautiful painterly result. As you progress through the glass to hang on the wall I will be doing and you lessen the three weeks you can stay tuned and follow me. I hope that you enjoy the lessons and I really am looking forward to see those results. So don't forget to post gallery here. But for now, I'll see you in the first lesson. I 2. Ginger kitten: Choosing the colors: So before we start Coward Kitten, I want first to select the colors that I will be using for the kitten for its coat and for its eyes. So I have the same paper here. This is canceled Mittens the reverse side, and this is just a scrap sheet that I killed will test my colors on. So the colors that I chose for this gettin I will go from the lightest says, is the very light yellow. Then I have a slightly more lemony yellow from the movement you a warm yellow, two more kind of peachy orange and from there into these more intense oranges and even into Brown's. So I will see if I use a cooler or warmer brown here and for the eyes will be on adding also this green so you can see it's kind of a dial down cream. Also, I might add some pinks just a bit into the years, but I will also tell these down it's safe of this one over the top. So it's not just think big, think have to be careful with that, and then I will be using some pastel pencils and, um, looking at how my kitten is so I think for these colors, this is quite enough to start off. And then if I need something else, I will have other colors to it. But this is my main palette. I'm gonna take these away, put them in a dish. Also, it's very handy to keep a spare sheet of paper just to test out the colors before you actually put them on the paper. So let's put this away now, always cleaning my hands. I have a clean tissue handy constantly, and now I will take a pencil and I will use a color that will not be very not contrast in color to the bigger. Also, I wanted to talk about this yellow. Here, you can see that this yellow here it blends in almost with the paper. So it's very good to actually create these smooth transitions into the background, because for this kitchen we will not be painting a background. We will kind of blend it out into the background 3. Ginger kitten: Sketch: So now how do we start? We're drawing first. I will map out where my kittens going to be. So I want the head to be in focus. This is going to be roughly my head. Then he goes kind of a sent here and it looks to me a kind of a munchkin kitten, to be honest, because he has very short pause. I see that there is a fall here and this part we will fade it out. So here, with the face, let's start with feast. I see that there is a cheek here and the cheeks in the skull that the bones the during this call under the eyes, they will be symmetrical on both sides. Some critical line here. And I see that he's kind of turned this way. So putting the line in this kind of a ball of the head and I see that this is the cheek line, something here It's like the above. It will be the eye line. So I see the eye here splitting in the shape and then dragging down the nose. The nose is lower than the cheek line. I'm constantly looking at my reference fellow and it's quite straight on this cat. Almost straight. She Glenn goes here and now I'm looking at the distance where my other eyes and if you look these lines, they always gone perspective and they go kind of almost parallel to each other. So this is going to be my second. I and I have ah, much better view of the second I because this kitten is in a 3/4 you away from us so we can see the upper lid more here. And then the iris is kind of curving together with the eyeball. And here the iris will be like that. So we don't have to do it perfectly now just to have these placeholders for our kids just so that we can go from there, then paying attention slightly to the markers on its face. So usually what gets have their eyebrows. There's this line also here, the darker line and under the eye. They will have a light our area roughly like that. The same way goes for this. I here is the light airport. There we go. Now I will sketch in the shape of its head so conceded his head is very tall so his eyes are a lot lower. Warden. He's years and then gonna create the triangle that goes to this byline and spreads out. And here's for flee the area where my years are going to be. So I see that his ear is turned away from us here and this year is facing us more and pay attention to the shape. I'm not drawing it like this. I'm drawing it as I see it on the shape on my cat. So it has this kind of, ah, almost rectangular shape because he is kind of turning this year to listen to the outside. What's happening here? And here's the back of the year. So now let's get back to our mouth. So the nose is also the same way as the kitchen turned away from us in 3/4 view. Here we have a little point of the other side visible. This one, I think I made a slightly too large here, you for the nose, too high up. So I needed a bit higher up the nose. It's was too low. So now it looks more like a kitten. Yes, So don't be afraid to get a correct your mistakes. This is the mouth it. And then here we have the mouth and here we go into the shadow off our head. So the poor, I'm not even sketching it out that much because I wanted Teoh blend up away from our 4. Ginger kitten 1: Now that I have by drawing golden, I can start doubting color. I will start first with my medium value. We're actually I'm gonna go with my lights. So I'm gonna go with my lights and using the pastel on its side, making sure that it's clean. I'm going to go and have those lights always in the direction of the for. So I'm going around those lights here because I want to save these little places around the eyes. But here we drew that part out. Nos. So that way I preserve my leg places. I don't lose them later on. And here around the years. And then there the chin here, also at the podium. Now I'm gonna go in my we don't value. This is going to be PCI kind of kitten. And I'm adding those strokes in the direction of the for growth. Sorry for those. We have many ambulances going around today. So, in the direction of for growth, I'm adding the strokes off my orange. This isn't cheap. And I'm looking at weird that orange is actually present on the kitten on its face. But here now, with a darker This is the almost the darkest one. I'm gonna on those darker bits. So now we're just laying in the color. So here I see that there's this shadow as the kitten is lit from the left, it's going to have this shadow bit so here, under the chin. So remember, we're not working photo realistically, Here we are working in a sketch going away. And now with this darker orange, those marking lines when I see them just here and here in the hectares and working slightly darker here. Now how do we blend this? Pleading my hands? Well, I forgot to add my browns also here, dark browns in the year never let. Also, the pink on top of that dark brown don't worry is like in the money of the color. Also some orange just so that doesn't seem that pink. So now how do we started lending from the lights? I'm moving in the direction. Be careful not to go over in the direction of the for growth. So the cats they have there for going this way around the eyes and here that grows from the nose towards fading attention to how the fur grows. And here we have this dark area. I'm trying to blend in any depth smoothly into the paper, so I'm not leaving any texture yet. You can see already. It's kind of becoming a three d kitten here. I'm cleaning constantly my fingers because I don't want my light colors contaminated by my dark ones. You can see that here, The white of the paper, like the color of the papers Actually very handy for us. I'm trying to blend it out to smoothly as I can Way Don't need the name they re texture. Yet here by the year I'm careful not to drag out too much into the surface of the paper. And I forgot to add my oranges on this. Here, here, Here we go. Forgot it. So it's but more contrast in here. Blend and dole out. You can see already that we have this kind of a three d feel to the kitten. He doesn't seem us flat, but as he had these I like it is because they have these little hairs poking out and they looked extra fluffy 5. Ginger kitten 2: very carefully blending in recent years. So some fluff on this check here, but not too much. So now we need a completely smooth blend of everything. And here we're gonna add a bit of darkness at the bottom here, too. Where the whole kind of creates that shadows. Anything. What do we do here? Here? I wanted to kind of blend into the background. I'm going to have a light background color and blended in together without working singly. I'm gonna do here with background. It could force it to mix with our darks on Blended out. So this is our first leader? No, What we need to do is having more colors and blending. So we will be blending quite a lot in this editorial because I wanted to feel like he's very fluffy, kind of a very fluffy calf, but to have a feel of a very, very fluffy cat, even fluffier than he is on the actual photo. So, no, I'm gonna add more white lights. I'm gonna go with this latest color. Making sure that the best pastel is cleaned can rub it against another sheet of paper just on the side of your board. So I'm adding those whites and I see that there's this corner that is quite bright here and the edge of this I also the edge of this year. We haven't quite right. I'm not worried about those here. Stoke. There's lighter part here. No, let's work on the other constantly using the best elements sides, using it on the tip, just using it on its side. This is gonna give us that sketch look. And I really love how pastels look very similar to the movements of oil paint. So this is our second I. So we have some writer hairs here. I'm gonna correct shape of this year, and it's cause of it to here. So then I will take my more lemony yellow strokes of the light that I see here to get back to our kept underneath the chin. So this is what's gonna give us that three d feel. So here the light hits our cat on it goes all the way above the shadow here again, lending it out. I don't want it to look Chalky at the moment. And then I think I need one more color. And this is this color here just kind of more pinkish round. I'm gonna intensify this shadow here. Sure, you discolor thistle. Additional color that I added. And God Cem yellow to it. Not too much. Doesn't look too. Yeah, well, but just enough to create the difference between these two plains. So now I'm gonna take my dark again. Then they create for these more extras strokes here and then over the top, I will be going with my dark brown spark of the faces darker as well. So let's out this year, the shape of this year. So using this color, I can also add stronger markings on the cat. We're gonna stray slightly off the phone out here. Just agreed. Someone interested in this cat darker area here? 6. Ginger kitten 3: Now I'm gonna take my darker brown and that those deeper shadows from now where I see them so mostly it could be our right side Let's drink, leave living those things in. So working with pastels it's very sorry to sculpting You can creed that shape Adam Feller pulling out here. You know, I'm gonna more Oh, my. Each color here on top where I see those later Just so that I don't lose them during these lighter parts, some more oranges And here that you're kind of goes that hair spreads out actually gonna remove a bit going deeper into the paper. And with this life, we're gonna bringing the background into our So now I'm gonna take the light one again. Intensify those lights here on this side and in the markings again. The I kind of lost it slightly here. So I'm constantly going back and forth between the colors. There's quite a bit here, and this nose was quick light. And then, with my peachy color later years, also on the for just to create those markings, more 7. Ginger kitten 4: now we can start feeling I want eyes. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take my brown and soul. So this is gonna about warm brown. I don't like how it looks when he took pull these out more to create this kind of bored hair look. So I'm going to start drawing the eyes with my dark brown pencil. I'm looking against the shape, the skin of a reddish brown, looking at the shape. What I see. So I see that somewhere. Some places I don't manage to see that lead. And here it's almost invisible. Only this corner here, it's great to kind of come out the same. I'm gonna start drawing the nose the same fleshly color that you just a separate debate. And now with my doctor brown creature on this tone. So depending on the breed of the cap, depending on the color of the cat itself, you will have different colored lids in this corner darker. And this kind of curves around and this area is darker. Back to my reddish brown and the bottom edge of this lead, we see a dark flint cream corner. So now, with the same round I'm going to draw that. Oh, the pupil of the eye. So here I also draw the pupil. As we're looking at this cat in the 3/4 view, pay attention to the shape of the people and then this corner here is also darker. It's for the knows. I'm using the same brown. So the best advice that I could give you when using pastels is use a limited palate off colors. I'm creating this nostril here and adding a bit shadow outside of the nose. Now I want to be using my, um, break yellow to have the link to the I hear the bottom and also here. I'm constantly looking at both eyes, so I'm gonna be in both eyes at the same time, so they don't look different. And on top of that, I'm going to add this yellow that we used for them. I didn't hear. There we go. And now I'm gonna use my green. So this is the screen actually felt. So this is this cream that I chose for the eyes. I'm gonna add it over the I trying not to lose the shape when the same thing goes here, going over grating that shape. So how do we get that three d feel in the eye? It's very simple. Don't worry for lost people, we can always get back to We're going, Chad. Darkness on top. Here. This is the shadow cast. Vital it. And also in here, mental people and the lower part As the latest hitting the kitten from the top left, the lower part is going to be lighter. It has to do with how the cornea is built in light and how the eye is actually shaped. So I'm gonna take a color shaper can use a paper. Stumpel's Well, I'm just gonna blended out, so it doesn't look so, um texturally And where you were going to go back with the pencil to fix it still. So here we come way you can see already that the eyes becoming kind of a three d shape. So now I'm going back, going back with my pencils, and I'm gonna, like, just area here just so that I shape it out better. And now with my black, choose a black 8. Ginger kitten 5: still pencil charcoal pencils, but for this is better to use. Stone is going to be darker. I'm going to shape out that people better on top of my brown. Those are barking up a bit. This corner here and the same for these people. I'm constantly looking at the shape that I have in my reference. Follow now was a dark green, this darker, grassy green in the eyes. Well, I'm gonna correct the shape of the people and with darker brown. Actually, I'm gonna even use black here over the top. It's gonna mix with the colors creating that shadow on die off the island that the island casts on our eyeball. So there's this dark orbit here from the corner and road at the bottom of the I. This will the same here in this corner as the Robert Lindus casting a shadow. It's going to be darker and here in the corner as well. Now we need to do is at the highlight in the way that our I scenes around. So I'm gonna do that is I'm gonna this highlight right under the shadow here, and you can see now just gonna correct the shape but to make it like this the highlight here and you can see health three D. Our camp looks now. So what I'm gonna do is correct this shape of the nose and, uh, this later. But here. So it was. Shape out, miles, because, like this, add those later. Here's that I see here it's like a huge It's going to mix up with those darker colors and it's gonna give us that necessary tone the year I'm gonna some strokes that will resemble the hairs on the year and I'm pulling them out. So I'm gonna take me like yellow. Do you like he's wait for this just to pull out some of those Here's correcting the shape of his face here. I don't like this much much, so we're kind of sculpting this kid 9. Ginger kitten 6: to fix the shape of this here, Just drag out the hair's a bit and the markings she backer marking on the side of the nose . It was a dark brown. I'm gonna that much that year very lightly. I'm not pressing too hard on the post styles for these things out and here. I'm going to have this shadowy bits. I think this brown just to draw the shape of the head, is it's garbage away from the late once again, I'm using my fast along the side, and I'm not using it like you and I were Sketch Kitten is ready. So we have a full thinking. This is not a realistic portrait by any means she year. I can go on correcting it until, until I don't know, you need to know where to stop. You can go on and more details, but you can go on and on and on. So this is a work. It just wanted to show you how to make done fluffy here texture. Fold us out here so to get into the background so he doesn't jump out at us because I really like those gentle transitions lending out thes strokes and you see, I have a mortar. It's more textured with faces. So but further away, I get from the face that less texture I have and just kind of creeds that blur effect. So now all that's left is to clean up our image and time. So I'm going to sign council here, and I weren't getting is already. I hope you found this tutorial useful. And I will see you in the next tutorial. You only think that I see here again. I'm gonna take just correct this. No shape. There we go. Earldom Who almost for guy. I need to add whiskers. So let's just have those whiskers. I'm using a shut in. So just a couple. And also the ones that go out from the eyes. There we go. Our kitten now is officially pretty. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I will see you in the next one