Pastel Portraits in Realism APRIL with David Wells

If you are someone who loves to get your art as close to a photo as you can, then this is the workshop for you. You don't need to be a good drawer, images are traced so you can focus on learning David's rendering technique. David will break down his technique to achieving photo-realistic portraits over this 2 day workshop. Perfect for anyone with that streak of wanting to get things 'right'. Pastels pencils blend easier than colour pencils, giving you complete control over this versatile medium. Don't miss out!

David will take you step by step through the process of creating photo-realistic Portraits in Pastels. You do not need any drawing skills as all images are traced so you can focus on learning the shading and colour techniques. This is the perfect workshop for those that love to try and get their artworks as close to photo-realism as possible. If you love loose gestural drawing and mark-making, then this is not the workshop for you - this one is for those that like to spend the time on getting something 'right'.

Those that have done David's workshop before you will love working from his new images in 2019.

Day 1 - Focus on facial features, particular attention on eyes.

  • tonal values, materials, techniques specific to pastel
  • exploring your own mark and colour scheme

Day 2. Cloth and hands

  • Build on day 1 to further explore your pallet and person use of tone and quality of mark.

David’s relaxed, but highly informative teaching style creates a relaxed in friendly atmosphere is these workshops, book early, this will sell out fast.

Paper and reference material will be supplied, however please bring your own pastels and pastel pencils, as building your own pallet is a key component.

Materials List:

(NB. The more pastel colours you have, the more colour choices you can make - the list below is enough for the workshop)

Schmincke Soft Pastel - White #001-D

Schmincke Soft Pastel - Flesh Orchre #016-O
Schmincke Soft Pastel - Caput Mortuum Pale #023-M
Schmincke Soft Pastel - Pozzuoli Earth #021 - D
Schmincke Soft Pastel -Burnt Green Earth #033-B

Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil - White #101 soft
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil - Brown Ochre #182
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil - Venetian Red #190
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil - Van Dyke Brown #176

Faber Castell Polychromos Pastel - White # 101
Faber Castell Polychromos Pastel - Raw Umber # 180
Faber Castell Polychromos Pastel - Burnt Sienna # 283

Faber Castell kneadable eraser
Staedtler Metal Sharpener Double Hole


All Saints Anglican School Highfield Dr, Merrimac QLD 4226

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$375 per person

Meet the Teach

David Wells

David Wells was born 1977 into an artistic family. He is an eclectic artist having worked professionally as an actor, graphic artist, dancer, web designer, circus and street performer, musician, children's entertainer and visual artist.

He has exhibited extensively, and has been award over 30 prizes for his art.

His work has been regularly published in international journals, and has featured on the cover of both “The Artists Magazine” (2009) and “The Pastel Journal.” (2009 and 2014)

"I believe that a living person is more interesting then any artwork ever made; therefore, everyone is a masterpiece waiting to be painted.”


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