The Glowing Portrait

Creating Realistic Skin Tones with Pastel Pencils

This beautiful demonstration, with nearly four hours of instruction, teaches you how to create more realistic portraits in pastel pencil using Cuong's distinctive yet easy-to-follow green foundation technique. The demonstration begins with an overview of the materials and skin color test that explains Cuong's color layering approach. Then, Cuong is joined by a live model, and he talks you through every step of his portrait from initial drawing through to final results. Handy color chips appear on-screen to tell you exactly what color Cuong is using at all times. Also included is a bonus video that explains preservation and framing of your finished work. 

Whether you're experienced with pastel pencils or new to the medium, this video is sure to provide you with tips and inspiration that will bring your work to the next level.

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English with English subtitles. Spanish subtitles will be added soon for new and existing customers. Other languages to be determined.

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