How to Draw The Hiker in Pastel

Skill Level : 1 Beginner, 2 Intermediate

Medium : Pastel Painting

Subject : Landscapes

Tutor : Dennis Clark

Class Length : 2 hours 23 minutes

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Silver Level or Higher Class

Class Description

I suppose hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy the countryside. One has plenty of time to walk as slowly as you like to take in the smells and the atmosphere and, most of all, to look, see, observe and study what is around you. We need, at times, to take it slowly. Too much hustle and bustle now-a-days!

In the Lesson you will learn how to:

1 How to simplify the background
2 How to leave out the unnecessary
3 How to add your own colors
4 How to even simplify the detailed areas of the hiker

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Class Tutorial

Drawing the background - distant mountain


Reinforce the outline of the subject so that you don't lose it while adding the background color. Use a medium brown here to indicate the valleys. Smooth it out and then lightly layer a cover of light green for the distant trees. Keep all this area out of focus.

Drawing the middle foreground


For this middle distance we can use this green more densely, allowing some of the paper colour to show through. Most of the time a toned paper allows us the privilege of not fighting the white of the paper. The lower half has some green and yellow lightly layered over the top of it. Now blend them to become a lovely yellow-green colour. Lightly blend all the colour slightly over the outline of the hiker. We don't want a halo around the figure.

Work some small yellow patches for tufts of grass and some darker green on the top portion. With a very dark green smudge in some of the distant bushes. Try to add these in a random fashion. Lightly smudge them with a finger to make them more distant-looking.

Drawing the trees


Draw in the distant trees and then edge them off to make them appear from behind the rise. After this use a light yellow or yellow-green pastel stick to show up the ridges on the slope.

Drawing the pathway


Notice the sudden change in the middle of the pathway as it ducks down the slope, and to reappear again in the distance. The closer part is in shadow.

Drawing the closer trees


Block in the basic darks of the two trees with dark brown and smudge the edges. Paint in all the protruding branches with a very dark green stick and “feather” out the small leaves. Notice how I left portions of the path between the branches. Add the new growth to the tree tops and then paint the highlights with a lighter green.

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Adding detail to the foreground


Adding in these rocks pushes the trees optically further into the distance. They are actually some way down the slope. Emphasize the rocks and the grassy area.

Drawing foreground bushes


Work in some green and then with a dark brown pastel pencil, push out a whole lot of dead twigs. Use a light green pencil to add lighter twigs and also to paint in some fern fronds. Do the same to the left hand side.

Drawing the rocks


A light Burnt Sienna pencil is used here to shape out the rocks. Fill in with dark green and black for the shadows. Add in some tall grass.

Drawing the hiker


Be careful not to make the head too big. Carefully shape out the hair and add the ears and the neck.

I will just be using pencils for the hiker, because of all the small details. I will also simplify details in some areas, because we are making a painting and not a photograph. It is best to mark out all the darker areas first before going into too much blending.

Add the shadows for the hands. Block in the jeans with a very dark Blue or Pthalo Blue. Keep a nice clean sharp edge to them. Carefully, and constantly, keep referring to the reference photo as you add the lighter areas to the jeans with a white pencil. Add the white turn-ups of the trouser legs and draw in the shoes. Take your time here, we want them to look like shoes. Add the shadow on the ground.

Final drawing


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