Mr. Cumberbatch – Pastel drawing tutorial

Marielle’s drawings are incredible….whether they are completed using ink, water colours or pastel, she has an amazing ability to really bring pictures to life. It’s incredibly inspiring. This weeks masterpiece is no different, the UK’s very own Sherlock – Benedict Cumberbatch – drawn in pastels (which, by the way, she only inherited December!) with a lovely little tutorial to boot! Have a peek and enjoy x

Miss Beretta Illustration

In December I was given some pastels and at first I was not sure what to do with them. After a few tries, I realised how nice it is to work in a medium that gives your the freedom to change your drawing again and again. Unlike watercolours and ink, nothing is final in pastels and the pigments easily move across your page.

Some of you have been asking about my approach to portraits in pastels, so here is a little step by step tutorial on how to create a portrait.

Benedict Cumberbatch Drawing tutorialThis is my end result… the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC show Sherlock.

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Step1. Find reference with good contrast.

Go online and decide on a face that grabs you. You’re going to spend 4 hours looking at it so make sure you feel inspired. Benedict’s face will never bore me and one day I will make…

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