How to draw a landscape with pastels

This post will teach you how to draw a landscape with pastels. When using soft pastels, you are able to draw and paint at the same time, with immediate and tactile results. You hold the stick in your hand and apply it directly to the surface – with no drying time to hold you back or brushes to swap around.

The process shown here will help you to make the best use of the varied types and grades of pastel that are available to create a stunning pastel landscape. If you're just getting started with pastels, you might want to check out our guide on how to start pastel drawing. Or, for more drawing lessons, we round up the best tutorials in this how to draw article.

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Rebecca de Mendonça

Rebecca specialises in pastels, producing lively and energetic work. She teaches around the UK and in Italy, and co-founded The New Pastel School. Her book Pastels for the Absolute Beginner, published by Search Press, is available now.