Drawing A Wolf In Pastel And Pastel Pencils – Stunning!

This artist has produced a time lapse video to present to you how he takes on drawing of a wolf. His selected mediums for this picture are chalk pastels and pastel pencils which enable much finer detail as you have a sharper point and greater control.

The artist begins with a very loose application of base colors in only a few shades before advancing with the black chalk to start adding bolder areas of coverage. He uses short stout strokes with the pastel to imitate the lie of the fur and has his finger ready to smudge and blend in the appropriate places. The eyes are the show stoppers in this drawing with their incredible detailing and realistic look. This is where the pastel pencils really come into play. Do you think you can do the same?

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    1. hey sorry to keep asking questions haha I’m about to start using pastel pencils now (I’m a graphite artist mostly) and I was wondering how long did it take you to complete this painting? Do pastel paintings usually take longer or shorter than graphite ones? thanks

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    2. Hi! You’re not bothering me:) It took me all of one day to complete this painting. I don’t think there is any time difference. I used to do a lot of graphite drawing, it’s all the same to me. Just a little tip when using graphite and pastels together if you are. Depending on your paper when you use graphite and then go over your sketch with pastel you have to be very light handed with your sketch. If you press too hard with the graphite the pastel won’t go over it, smashes the tooth. :)) Roby

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    3. Hello! Thank you for the nice comment! I would be willing to hear or see what it is and then go from there. I get asked a lot but I would need it to fit into my sales plan and be something interesting that I could make prints for resale. What did you have in mind? Thanks again..:)) Roby

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    4. Hello! Thanks so much for the nice comment. I don’t use any fixatives as it usually darkens and leaves little dots on your work but most of all I don’t use them as your painting will no longer be archival. I know a lot of great artists use them for a foundation for layers and it works well, but I choose not to. Thanks again! :)) Roby

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    5. Hello there! I am using CarbOthello pastel pencils and soft pastel sticks. My favorite brands are Unison, Sennelier, Schmincke and Rembrandt to name a few. My paper of choice is Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum. Hope this helps! :)) Roby

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    6. I thoroughly enjoyed watching you layer color upon color and pull realistic texture out from the paper. Very nice work! Thank you for saying what tools and pencils you use. I appreciate it all! Good choice of music, too.

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    7. Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it!! I’ve been painting for a long time and love it so much. It’s my passion that drives me to continue to learn and enjoy this medium! Good luck! :)) Roby

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    8. a mi me fascina todo tipo de expresion del arte sobre todo el dibujo y la pintura y me gustaria recibir tips para mejorar mi trabajo, mi correo es edgardpintor@hotmail.com, por cierto excelente demostracion, felicidades

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    9. What type of pencil’s are you using? I’m 12 and I am very good at realistic drawing and I’m trying to get to do color. I can do regular pencil but no color. So I’m building up my skill. I am almost as good as you. I have a channel as well. Please check it out. Thank you ^^

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    10. Hello! Thanks for the nice comment! I am using CarbOthello pastels and I purchase them at Dick Blick on-lline. My paper is Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply. Good luck, have fun! :)) Roby

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    11. Hello Kiko! Thanks! I am using CarbOthello pastel pencils and soft pastel sticks. Some of my favorite brands of sticks are Rembrandt, Sennelier, Unison and Schmincke. My paper is Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum. Gook luck! :)) Roby

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    12. Hello! Thanks, that’s great. Yep, I do have a devianArt account but I haven’t yet hooked up the prints sales. If you’re looking to purchase a print of mine you can visit my eBay store, got lots of prints available there, artistmom user name. Thanks again! :)) Roby

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    13. Hi! I just watched a few of your videos, I must say you amazing! May I ask if your self taught or did you take any courses? I’ve been looking at getting into work with pastels,any books or sites you would recommend, and what brands of pastel? Again AMAZING work. I would like to see you do a macaw :).

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    14. Hello! Thank you for the nice comment! I am self taught. I don’t know which books or sites but it couldn’t hurt to do some research and pick up a book on beginning with pastels. I use CarbOthello pastel pencils and soft pastel sticks such as Rembrandt, Sennelier, Unison and Schmincke. My paper is Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply and I get these on-line at Dick Blick. My sharpener is X-ACTO Powerhouse electric and I get them at Office Max. Thanks:) Roby

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    15. Hello! I do all of my paintings with soft pastels and CarbOthello pastel pencils. Some of my favorite pastel sticks are Rembrandt, Unison, Sennelier and Schmincke. Thanks so much for taking the time to give me this great comment, so much appreciated! :)) Roby

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    16. Hi! I just bought my very first set of pastel pencils yesterday, and I’ve been watching this video over and over again to get a feel for how they work. One thing I noticed around 1:33 is that you’re able to add white on top of the other colours. When I attempt to add white highlights to fur for example, the pencil only softens the colours, instead of standing out on it’s own. Would I need to use a white pastel that’s softer than the others to achieve this? ps You are incredibly talented!!

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    17. Hello! Congrats on your first pastel pencils! At about 1:33 I’m using a light yellow #105 CarbOthello pastel pencil. When laying down these hairs you have to have to push down fairly hard, don’t be afraid to break a point to get the hang of it. I also spin the pencil sometimes as I swipe so that it will lay down a clean and sharp line. Be sure to wipe off your pencil point often so it won’t get muddy while laying in the hairs. It just takes some practice and you’ll get it. Good luck! :)) Roby

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    18. Hello! Thanks so much! I’m using CarbOthello pastel pencils and soft stick pastels. Some of my favorite brands are Rembrandt, Unison, Sennelier and Schmincke. You can buy the Carbs in open stock and just pick up the most important colors that you’ll need. I get them at Dick Blick on-line. Give them a try! :)) Roby

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    19. Absolutely magnificent. It was very good to see how you achieve the final result. Unfortunately I am only an amateur who will never reach this level of artistic excellence. However, it is nice to see how it is done.Also noted what media and and art products you are using. Possibly with these and some fierce concentration and discipline I may get a reasonalbe result.Keep sharing with us and who knows, you may help someone to succeed – Very best wishes

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    20. Hello! Thank you so very much for the wonderful comment! You never know what level that you’ll achieve if you put the work in and practice. I can see a gradual improvement over the years for myself. If you have the passion and it brings you joy just keep going! I am using Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply paper. I use CarbOthello pastel pencils and soft stick pastels such as Rembrandt, Sennelier, Unison and Schmincke. Thank you so much again! :)Roby

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    21. do you know what? you are the best artist i have ever seen, and i have been drawing, painting, and sketching all my life, and have been to HUNDREDS of art exhibits. but you, you possess a great talent that i can’t define simply. keep drawing. i’m only 12, so that probably does not mean much. YOU’RE FUCKING AMAZING. well done. 🙂

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    22. Hello there! Well, thank you for this glowing compliment, so very nice and generous! I have been drawing and painting since I was a very young girl and have always had the passion to do so and to try to improve. It’s been a long journey but have been able to achieve a small level of success. I appreciate you nice comments, doesn’t matter what you age is at all. You obviously have a wonderful passion for all art, good for you!! :)) Roby

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    23. Hello! Thank you, how nice of you and what a way to start my day!! 🙂 Yes, blue is one of the colors that I use the most. My reference photo is of a rescue wolf Comanche, sadley passed now. His eye’s were phenomenal! Thanks again! :)) Roby

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    24. Hello! Thank you! I use CarbOthello pastel pencils in combination with soft stick pastels. Some of my favorite brands are Rembrandt, Sennelier, Unison and Schmincke. My paper is Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply. LOVE wolves!! :)) Roby

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    25. That’s amazing! There are no words to describe your work. .I HAVE A QUESTION 🙂 pastel pencil shade and soften very well, but if you touch the paper you get dirty, is there anything to fix the drawing so that you can put it in a frame?

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    26. Hello! Thank you very much for your nice comment! I personally don’t use fixatives for my paintings. They tend to darken your painting and leave them no long archival. There is nothing wrong with using them I just prefer not to. You can store your painting in a Glassine envelopes or sheets in-between each painting, works well. Most of my paintings go directly into a frame with conservation glass. Thanks again! :)) Roby

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    27. Hello! Thanks for the nice comment, much appreciated! I am using soft stick pastels and CarbOthello pastel pencils. My favorite brands of soft pastels are Rembrandt, Sennelier, Schmincke and Unison. My paper is Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply. Thanks again! Roby

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    28. thank you very much for your response! I’ll put my drawing in a frame, I’ll then try to do some experiments with the fixative on some other drawings and see how it will work 🙂 Your response was very helpful thank you so much! .. cheers 🙂

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    29. Hi. Boy you got the “wolfness” completely. I felt that the wolf was looking right at you while you created his eyes. I can’t believe I would be able to handle that much energy coming at me during the session. Must be a wonderful feeling to be able to do such a fabulous job. You just amaze me. 🙂

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    30. Hi Althea! Thank you for the nice comment. I was fortunate to be able to meet this wolf in person and really feel his presence through his eyes. He was such a beautiful animal!! I never ever take lightly that I have been able to draw but it was with a lot of practice and mistakes and has been a wonderful journey. Thanks again! :)) Roby

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    31. Cool that you met that wolf in person! I know about the practice and mistakes part of this art stuff. My medium is clay and after many years I am still goofing up and learning. I say, “fail early, fail often” . I guess that’s my motto. Anyway, you are generous to let us watch. Thanks.

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    32. your welcome! this truly looks amazing. I love drawing furry animals because its so challenging doing the furr but thats what makes it so fun. Im not as good as you are though……I hate you! haha jk Seriously it looks like a picture its so awesome. well done.

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    33. Roby, I teach high school art and I love your work. I wish we could afford chalk pencils. I was wondering about your fixative techniques. How many coats, brand, etc. I get poor results sometimes but I feel that it is my technique, not the product. I also love your work. I show your utube video to my students…you could hear a pin drop!!! I have never used the dark first and would like to try it. I love the blues and violets you use!!!! Thanks for the inspiration. J. AdamsGeorgia

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    34. Hello J. Adams! Thank you for your great note regarding my video. This is why I do these videos. I’m so very flattered that you used it in your class. I don’t use fixitives. I used to use them many years ago and didn’t like the results. I know that Winsor and Newton have a workable fixative that is archival but I’ve never used it. Might be worth the try! I like to blend other colors with the black so it doesn’t look so flat and blended with blue makes the perfect color for around the eyes. Roby

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    35. Oh dear.. What are you doing to me!!??!?!I’m like sitting here crying cause it’s waaaaaaaaaaay too beautiful! <3I'm going crazy!!!! <3 I was 11000000000% sure it was a picture. Totally blown away! O.o <3What are you using when you paint? What's paper and pen called? 🙂

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    36. Hello Jenhas95! Oh my goodness, what a nice comment, thank you very much! I am using CarbOthello pastel pencils in combination with soft stick pastels. My paper is Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply. I get most of my supplies at Dick Blick on-line. Thanks again! :)) Roby

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    37. hi..im new to color pencils. and i came across this video. i must say this is a very great picture. just wondering, have you tried derwent pastel pencils? if yes, compared to carbothello, which one is better? as i see from the video, the carbothello seem to be softer compared to derwents.

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    38. Hello! Thank you! I haven’t tried the Derwents. I have an artist friend that uses both and she says that the Carbos are softer and they also fit the electric sharpeners better than the Derwents. I love the CabOthellos and have used them for many years now. I would highly recommend them. Good luck and have fun!! :)) Roby

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    39. A superb piece of work; I haven’t got your facility with coloured pencils/pastel pencils, but I know enough to agree with you about Carb-Othello as opposed to Derwents. Even so, it’s what you do with them that matters, and you have complete mastery of your tools.

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    40. Hello Robert! Thank you, I very much appreciate your positive comments! I have worked at pastels for a long time and love the results that can be achieved with them. Thanks again for taking the time to give me this great compliment! :)) Roby

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    41. This is UNBELIEVABLE!!! You are so amazingly talented and I am you big fan! I love pastels, just started to use it and it’s such a pleasure to work with it! But it seems like impossible to fix it without changing the colors… Do you fix your wonderful works with some king of fixative spray? I’ve been using Grumbacher fixative, it works for charcoal/pencil, but totally ruins pastels paintings… Please help if you can, Thank you! 🙂

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    42. Hello purebeautyart! Thank you for this wonderful comment! I choose not to use fixatives personally but there are some archival sprays available. I’ve never tired them so I can’t give an opinion. Winsor & Newton and Lascaux are some of the top brands as well as a few more. Do your research to see what might work for you. My husband frames my originals for me so I don’t have to worry about anything happening to them. Good luck and have fun with the pastels!! :)) Roby

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    43. hey, I’m a young artist who’d like to improve herself in using a wider range of media and tools, are you using oil or chalk pastels for this? And how do you apply them? From what I’m watching it appears like you’re placing colour over colour, I try doing that and I’ve known colours to not want to “go” if you know what I mean..

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    44. Hello Kayleigh! I am using CarbOthello pastel pencils in combination with soft stick pastels. Some of my favorite brands are Rembrandt, Sennelier, Unison and Schmincke. My paper is Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum. I get most of my supplies at Dick Blick on-line. I lay in the color then use the “next” color to blend the previous layer rather than smudging. Like what an oil painter does when mixing colors. I just do it right on my paper as I go. Good luck Roby

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    45. Hello laz er! Thanks, much appreciated. I don’t use any fixatives. I’ve never been happy with the way they look but I haven’t tried them for a number of years so maybe they’re better now. Winsor & Newton has a high end archival fixative but again, don’t know the results. :)) Roby

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    46. Hello Elizabeth! I am using pastels for my demo’s. I do a full detailed pencil sketch first to keep me on track. Everyone has a different way of working and I need a reference photo and my drawing. The drawing for me is the most difficult part of the process. The rest is pure fun!!! :)) Roby

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    47. Hello Elizabeth! I am using pastels for my demo’s. I do a full detailed pencil sketch first to keep me on track. Everyone has a different way of working and I need a reference photo and my drawing. The drawing for me is the most difficult part of the process. The rest is pure fun!!! :)) Roby

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    48. Roby hello ))) my honest congratulations. U re drawing is amazing. Yesterday we ( with my little bro, who is drawing too ) found ur channel and were watching. U draw very beautiful. We like it a lot and i already said my bro to study such technique as u do. Thank u for all of ur videos. Help a lot. And i hv one question. Can u explain me pls- do u use some kind of special pencils ?))) Thank u. Waiting for new inspiring creations ))) good luck from Moldova

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    49. Hello! Thank you so very much for your lovely support regaring my artwork, that is so nice of you both! Here is some of my supplies. Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply paper.I’m using CarbOthello pastel pencils in combination with soft stick pastels. Favorite brands are Rembrandt, Sennelier, Unison and Schmincke. I don’t use any fixatives but Winsor & Newton has a good one if you want. Dick Blick on-line is where I get supplies. Good luck! :)) Roby

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    50. Hello! Thank you so very much for your lovely support regaring my artwork, that is so nice of you both! Here is some of my supplies. Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply paper.I’m using CarbOthello pastel pencils in combination with soft stick pastels. Favorite brands are Rembrandt, Sennelier, Unison and Schmincke. I don’t use any fixatives but Winsor & Newton has a good one if you want. Dick Blick on-line is where I get supplies. Good luck! :)) Roby

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    51. Awww , Roby. Thank you so much. I will tell this my little bro. He is studying in school of fine arts and draws very beautiful. But ur technique is so wonderful tht he is inspired to learn it. I will tell him. And he says tht this is what he was waiting about pencils) Thank you so much for reply and advices. I hope he can found all this here)…might be a problem.Thank u one more time for finding time to reply me )))Once again our compliments for ur talent)))

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    52. Hey am sorry to bother you but could I ask you what pastels you use and also what pencils please I want to get back into pastels and need to update my supplies if yoi could recommend a site or brand it would really help. ….. Also your work is amazing

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    53. Hello vevans182, no bother! I will give you some of the supplies that I use. Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply paper.I’m using CarbOthello pastel pencils in combination with soft stick pastels. X-ACTO Powerhouse electric sharpener (Office Max). My favorite soft pastel brands are Rembrandt, Sennelier, Unison and Schmincke. I get these supplies (except the sharpener) at Dick Blick on-line. Thanks for the nice comment and good luck, have fun!!! :)) Roby

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    54. Hello vevans182, no bother! I will give you some of the supplies that I use. Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply paper.I’m using CarbOthello pastel pencils in combination with soft stick pastels. X-ACTO Powerhouse electric sharpener (Office Max). My favorite soft pastel brands are Rembrandt, Sennelier, Unison and Schmincke. I get these supplies (except the sharpener) at Dick Blick on-line. Thanks for the nice comment and good luck, have fun!!! :)) Roby

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    55. Hi again Phyllis, thank you!! I am using Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply. I purchase it a Dick Blick along with the CarbOthello pastel pencils. Thanks again for all of your nice comments and support. :)) Roby

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    56. Hi again Phyllis, thank you!! I am using Strathmore Illustration or Bristol Board 500 series cold press Vellum 10 ply. I purchase it a Dick Blick along with the CarbOthello pastel pencils. Thanks again for all of your nice comments and support. :)) Roby

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    57. Oh….My…Gosh…I love drawing and I’m a fairly good artist at my age, always wondered how make fur look so REAL. Thank you so much, seems like a LOT of work, but I will give it a try one day, you are so amazing! Hopefully I might get close to how good you draw when I get older!

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    58. Hello! Thank you for your very nice comments! Yes, it does take a lot of time to do fur but that is what it takes to achieve realism along with passion and patience too! It has taken me a few years to get to this level but I have enjoyed the journey so very much. Good luck to you and have fun on your journey as well!!! Thanks again! :)) Roby

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    59. amazing thank you always have trouble getting the eye’s to come to life. I
      enjoyed the video, and the practice.. thank you

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