Lost Ocean Videos: Super Smooth Pastel Background Tutorial and Video Speed Colouring!

Hi again.  Today I have two new videos uploaded onto my Youtube channel.  Both of these videos show you how I completed the above picture of a rainbow fish in Johanna Basford’s book ‘Lost Ocean’. The first one is a visual tutorial where I show and tell you exactly how I go about adding pastels to my colouring pages to produce a quick, even background colour.  In it you will find a detailed list of ALL the products I use to achieve this effect.

PASTEL BACKGROUND TUTORIAL

 

The second video is a speed colouring of the same fish using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, Derwent Artist pencils and several gel pens.  I chose to colour this one in very densely with deep, rich colours.   Apart from a small amount of Derwent blending pencil on the orange part of the fish I did not use any blending mediums in this picture.

SPEED COLOURING VIDEO

 

The finished picture. 🙂

Fish01_LO

10 Comments

  1. Alain

    Fantastic. Could you do a step by step video on how to blend like that with Polychromos? Please. I really struggle.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Alain. I have a Youtube video already up showing how I blend and merge colours using a page in Johanna Basford’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ To get the final, burnished effect I did exactly the same thing, just pressed harder. I will look at doing another video to get the same effect as in this picture along with another couple of little tips I’ve been thinking about.

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      1. Alain

        what colours are you using Peta? In the Polychromos?

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  2. Nichola Feeney

    I might try to copy the colours you’ve done here, Peta! Just to see if I can emulate your mad blending skillz. 😉
    My favourite part is the underside of the fish, where it’s a kind of beige/pale tan colour, with shadow effect. It looks like stone, or marble, and I’m going to give that some practice. On scrap paper first, so I don’t mess up my colouring book.

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  3. AliceB

    Your video was fantastic!
    I love every one of your posts, both for the inspiration and for the technical notes.

    For a background like the one you did here, do you think Faber Castell Polychromos pastels would be a good choice?
    I can’t understand the difference between soft pastels and hard pastels. Looking through the Internet, I haven’t found much information…

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Alice,
      I’m not familiar with Polychromos pastels so I can’t say for certain. I’ve not heard of a pastel type being referred to as hard pastels… I’ve only seen and heard of soft pastels, oil pastels and chalk pastels. I don’t use chalk pastels as they have too much chalk/ clay filler and not enough pigment. Oil pastels have a lipstick like feel (although firmer of course) in that they feel slightly moist. Soft pastels feel dry and easily create fine powder or dust when scrapped with a knife which is how I used them here. If you can buy a single pastel as open stock and test it before committing to buying a whole set that would probably be best.

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      1. AliceB

        Thank you, I have already bought a whole set of 36 Polychromos pastels LOLLLL (they are not chalk nor oil, so I hope they are ok…)
        I’ll try them soon and I’ll let you know!!!
        I guess I was a bit confused by the “soft” adjective: they don’t seem to be soft at all 🙂

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        1. Chaypeta (Post author)

          The ‘soft’ adjective is a bit misleading. they refer more to the fact that they leave a lot of colour behind on the paper when used, as apposed to hard, chalky pastels. If you can scrape off powdery colour with a pen knife then they will work perfectly fine for my method.

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  4. Selena

    Which color polychromos did you use please? I’d love to try and re-create on my own. Love your videos

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  5. Coral

    Can you show how to use pan pastels or eye shadow to color backgrounds?

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