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Soft pastel seal drawing

Here are some images and videos of the process involved in creating this soft pastel drawing of a seal. I have used Sennelier pastel card which, due to its fine sandpaper grain surface, can hold many layers of soft pastel meaning that I was able to re-draw the outline and to work over the top of previous layers to change colours and shapes.

The two brands of soft pastel I use are, Unison and Sennelier.

I initially began adding detail of the grass in the background but the drawing started looking too cluttered and the seal would have become lost. This was when I discovered Tracy Rocca’s work, who I mention in the video I made on this drawing. Her paintings show a landscape of colours, uncluttered with detail which draws attention to the palette used rather than all the tiny details of grass and leaf.

To see the videos that I filmed of me drawing this seal, see my IGTV series on my instagram profile.

I went back to my drawing and blended all the detail into the background. And here is the finished piece!

Seals have a surprising wide range of colours reflected in their coats. Just to show that there really are all these colours in this particular seal, here is my photo that I worked from:

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