Drawing A Sunflower In Chalk Pastels

This art video demonstrates how you can draw a large scale sunflower in chalk pastels from the comfort of your home. Ever since Van Gogh’s famous paintings of the sunflowers the popularity to draw them has largely increased, so from this tutorial you can gather a grasp of how to blend and style your own sunflower drawing for you home.

This particular sunflower drawing has been done in soft colored chalk pastels to allow quicker results for larger scaled compositions. The beauty of the soft chalk pastel is it’s ability to block and fill in areas quickly and be blended accurately with either your finger or a blending stump. The artist in the is video has attached a large sheet of brown chalk paper to the wall and drawn from life a sunflower as a bit of fun to quickly get to her desired result. She begins by using a white chalk pastel to outline the petals and stem to gather the overall outline of the the sunflower before introducing a variety of yellows and softer shades. You can get as much detailing as you like when using pastels depending on how much time you have so in this particular art tutorial the artist has decided to focus mainly on the centre of the flower by introducing highlights and tonal values to accentuate the seeds. The drawing quickly starts to take on a more three dimensional form with the petals containing three to four different shades of yellow each complimenting one another really bringing the flower away from the page on the brown paper.

Another benefit of chalk pastels is the ability to go directly over a darker shade with a lighter one allowing you to correct a mistake should it ever arise. It’s really easy to introduce highlights onto areas of the flower which you want to bring forward from the page leaving the darker values to sit back in the picture. The video has a calming classical music backing track and is time lapsed to speed up the process, this allows you to learn from it at a nice steady pace to see what order the artist decides to use to go from the start to finish. This video is aimed at beginners wishing to learn how to grasp the basic concepts of chalk pastel art and is a great visual learning aid to help further your abilities in art.

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    1. That was awesome! It was fun watching the flower image develop. The finished product looks great. Were they soft dry pastels, or oil pastels. Looks like soft. Like what we use to draw on the street at the Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael… Nice.

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    2. sorry, yeah i guess it’s a bit misleading with the “on the wall” title. I guess what I’m saying is this is easel- and table-less. I like to do giant illustrations that are so huge that it has to be on the wall and makes the process almost like exercise. Being in an apartment kinda hinders the ability to actually paint on my walls.

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    3. sorry, yeah i guess it’s a bit misleading with the “on the wall” title. I guess what I’m saying is this is easel- and table-less. I like to do giant illustrations that are so huge that it has to be on the wall and makes the process almost like exercise. Being in an apartment kinda hinders the ability to actually paint on my walls.

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