Friday, August 16, 2019

How to Paint Wildlife Art in Pastels -- Draw a Realistic Wolf

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint photorealistic animals in pastels?

I have a 3 hour and 27 minute long step by step video on how to paint wildlife art in pastels.  I take you from the beginning, by laying down a base layer, to detailing for high realism, as well as creating a beautiful soft background, so you can have hyperrealistic results with your work!

By learning the principles I teach in this video, you will then have an excellent understanding of how you can use these techniques in your own work and on various animals such as cats and dogs for pet portraits, as well as other wildlife art drawings and paintings.

You will learn how to layer the fur to achieve something that looks like a real wolf, as well as the eye and the tricky nose.  I hold nothing back in this art tutorial, and share everything I do, step by step.  I myself have watched too many videos and bought too many books where I felt that too much information was missing, and in this lesson, I show you EVERYTHING!

If you're interested, check out the trailer and then you can purchase for instant Video on Demand streaming so you can follow along and watch any time at your convenience, and as many times as you like!  Just click the Buy link on the top right corner of the trailer.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

How to Paint Pets and Wildlife Art in Pastels, Online Art Tutorials

EDIT:  I have closed my Patreon account and instead I'll be providing art instructional videos via VOD.  Please visit my website for more info!  I also have several free full tutorials on my YouTube channel!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint pet portraits, wildlife art, and still life in pastels?  Online art tutorials are now available through my Patreon channel.  These lessons are full length, from start to finish, fully narrated, and with real time footage so you can see what I'm doing.

My channel is still very new, but I already have a lot of videos uploaded and available for immediate access!

What sorts of lessons are available?

There are some still life lesson, as well as several pet portraits, dogs, cats, big cats, and other wildlife lessons.  More get uploaded each week!

When you sign up, you have a choice of a $4 level and get three full pastel painting tutorials per month, as well as access to all previous pastel lessons.  These keep building up over time.

The next level is $6, and you get all three videos per month, but you also get the reference photos as well as line art so you can paint your own at your leisure, in the comfort of you own home, following the videos!

The way Patreon works is that it is a paid monthly subscription, but it can be cancelled at any time.  They've been around a long time and are very easy to work with, and it's really no fuss.

If you're on the fence, have a look at my channel, or have a look at my intro page on my website where I have some of the lesson images posted.  Not all are on my page, but it will give you a pretty good idea about what's available.  I did have a higher tier level with oil painting tutorials, but I am taking it down due to time constraints and will only have pastel tutorials.  I will have occasional oil painting tutorials on my YouTube channel, so do be sure to subscribe to it so you don't miss out!

Before signing off, here's a speed painting video, but the full tutorial is on my Patreon.  Enjoy! :-D

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Lost in Thought
8 x 8 pastel on pastelmat

Become a Patron!

Folks, I have exciting news!

If you're wondering why I haven't posted for a while it's because of several things.  First, Christmas and commission season had me very busy until the end of January.  Second, I've been planning, for some time now, and have finally been able to put together my own Patreon channel!

Huh, you ask?

Well, lemme tell you . . .

Patreon is a subscription based platform for artists and creators.  They share content and patrons subscribe for small fees. These small monthly subscriptions help artists keep creating and providing valuable content for their patrons and fans.  These pledges help artists upgrade equipment and supplies required to produce art and content, as well as those of us who produce videos and tutorials.

So, here's what my Patreon offers you:

- you get full video tutorials, slowed right down, and about one hour long each
- the videos are fully narrated with explanations from start to finish
- these videos give tutorials on pet portraits, wildlife, still life, birds, horses, squirrels . . . you name it!  There is a stronger focus on animals though
- patrons get exclusive access to a private Facebook group where they can learn from each other, support each other, share their work, and have fun!
- patrons can ask me questions which will help them with their art, much the same way a tutor helps in an in person workshop
- reference photos and line art at the third and fourth tiers of support

My videos and tutorials are designed and create with you, the learner, in mind so that you may reap maximum benefits in your art learning journey.  Now, it's important to not that I don't claim to be the ultimate source for learning as no such thing or person exists, but I can show you what I do, how I do it, and why I do it so that you may learn and apply these skills in your own work.

Patreon is fun!  It's very convenient, and you work at your own pace.  That's important in online lessons!  I leave all content up on Patreon so that over time, there will be a HUGE bank of tutorial videos, accessible by patrons only.

If you're interested, come on over and check it out, and I hope to see you as a patron!

Become a Patron!

Monday, November 19, 2018

How to Paint a Tiger Eye and Fur in Oils

Tiger Eye Study
6 x 6 oil on gessoed hard board

Omg, I cannot believe I forgot to share some of my recent works and videos!  It's that time of year where I'm busy with pet portrait commissions as well as trying to keep up to date with videos, social media, all that stuff, and it slipped my mind to share a couple of things.

This tiger eye is a study painted in oils for a YouTube video tutorial.  I show my process for how to paint a tiger eye and fur.  I hope you like it!  If you do, please subscribe to be notified of upcoming videos and give it a thumbs up.

I'm also planning on creating a Patreon channel soon where longer, slower videos will be uploaded with more detailed tutorials for those interested in learning more about my techniques.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

How to Paint Cat Eyes and Fur in Pastels - Narrated Speed Painting Video


In this video, I explain my process for how to paint realistic cat eyes and fur in pastels.  I worked on pastelmat, which is beautiful for working fine details.  The whole piece is 8.5 x 8.5 and took about 4 hours.  I hope you enjoy this video!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

How to Paint Still Life - Tutorial for Beginners

It's been a while since I've posted pet portraits, but that's because they've all been secret Christmas commissions. That's the downfall for artists working in commissions:  it's the time of year we can't show anything.


I did complete this mini tutorial on still life for those of you who are beginner to intermediate artists and want to improve your still life skills, or painting skills period.  Painting still life has always been considered a cornerstone of skill development when it comes to art.

For this lesson, I recorded a narrated YouTube video explaining my process.  I also wrote a PDF with a step by step on what I did to create this realistic pear.  You learn about shadows, lighting, and other important stuff.

The PDF is FREE for those who subscribe to my newsletter!  You can have a look at the video and the PDF can assist you as you paint this pear.  I have also created a Facebook group where I have a reference photo uploaded and people can share their work and help each other.

If this interests you, have a look, sign up for my newsletter, and I will send you the PDF for free.  Just be sure to keep an eye on your spam filter just in case, and allow me 24 hours to send it since there is no autoresponder with my MailChimp newsletter service.

Also, be sure to like my video, then hit the subscribe button right on the screen.  It won't interfere with the video.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

German Shepherd Pastel Painting

Wally (pastel pet portrait)
8 x 10 pastel on Clairefontaine pastelmat
Private collection
Carole Rodrigue ©2018

Friends, this is Wally and he is an absolutely beautiful GSD I recently had the pleasure of painting.  I love the muted tones in this portrait, with his face clearly being the focal point.  His eyes seem to contain so much wisdom.  Or, maybe he's looking at someone thinking, "Hey, that's my stick?"  😉

Whatever he's thinking, I think anyone can agree he is a magnificent beast.

Wally's portrait was painted on Clairefontaine pastelmat.  It has become my favourite support for painting pastel pet portraits,  I love how easily the pastels flow on the paper and at how well it holds the pastel.

I don't spray my pastel portraits because sprays darken the painting, and since pastels are nearly pure pigment, they don't need it.  Once under a glass frame, a pastel portrait is very well protected.  Also, spraying terrifies me since I've seen pastel paintings ruined by splotched that were spit out of clean, brand new cans.  I just don't trust them and would rather not even risk all that work.  The purity of pastels is good enough under glass and there are many pastel paintings which are well over 100 years old that still look as good as the day they were created.

While painting this piece, I recorded my process.  I feel it's fun for people to see what is involved in creating a pastel pet portrait.  This video is condensed to under 8 minutes, but there is over 8 hours of work involved.  Enjoy watching it, and don't be afraid to contact me for information, or even leave a comment!