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Panda in Pastel - Elizabeth Johnson

Panda in Pastel - Elizabeth Johnson
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This adorable panda bear surrounded by bamboo is drawn with Derwent soft pastel pencils.  You can learn to draw your own panda bear for yourself or to give as a gift for a friend.  Elizabeth will walk you through this project step by step.  You will learn the technique for creating the texture of the fur and the bamboo in the background, and also for layering colors to create depth, personality, and shading to your drawing.  

Soft pastels are a fun and quick way to draw.  They are easy to blend for an enjoyable creative process.  

Students at all levels will be able to accomplish this project

  • Pencils: graphite drawing pencil in grades B
  • Soft Pastel Pencils: You may use any brand of soft pastels.  And your colors can vary also.  But for those of you that want to use the exact ones I used, here is a list:  I used Derwent Soft Pastel Pencils.  I have the old colors.  I have included a conversion list if you have the new colors. 
    • Old Colors
    • Burnt Carmine 65B
    • Ivory Black  67B
    • Indigo  38F
    • Indigo  36B
    • Indigo 36D
    • White  72B
    • Chocolate  66B
    • Brown Ochre  57F
    • Geranium Lake  15D
    • Deep Cadmium 6F
    • May Green  48F
    • Terra Cotta  64D
    • Hookers Green  75B
    • Forest Green  76B
      New Colors
    • Burnt Carmine  P610
    • Carbon Black  P710
    • Indigo  P360  (For the lighter shades you will blend the Indigo and Titanium white P720)
    • Titanium White  P720
    • Chocolate  P590
    • Brown Earth P550  (If you prefer a lighter shade, it can be blended with Titanium white)
    • Coral P190
    • Process Yellow  P030
    • May Green  P480
    • Terracotta P640 (If you prefer a redder shade, it can be blended with Burnt Orange P090)
    • Pea Green  P430
    • Mid Green  P440                   
  • Erasers:  Vanishing 3-in-1 Eraser or General’s Factis Oval  Eraser (or something similar) and Kneadable eraser
  • Blender:    Paper blending stumps in a variety of sizes
  • Paper:
    Sketch paper   
            This is just to create your initial drawing.  Any inexpensive paper will do.
    Bristol board vellum surface  11” x 14”
            Must say vellum surface. 
            There are many brands of papers and many grades of papers.          Strathmore, Canson, and Bienfang are reliable brands for the grade you will need for these classes. Cheap papers will not cooperate with your pencil and you will not be pleased with the results.
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Soft Brush: (This should not be the same brush you use for graphite or colored pencils)  You can purchase a soft drafting brush.  However, it is not necessary to spend money on this item.  A soft fluffy paint brush or make up brush will work just fine.  Just be sure they are clean and soft.
  • Workable Fixative


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