310 powder blue 580 burnt ochre 050 saffron 602 seal 610 burnt carmine
187 188 177 151 423 149
16 green and 07 rustic orange 47 lemon yellow
459 cobalt blue 174 green mars violet 283 brown 275 grey 325 burnt umber 447 phathlo blue
black and white
This was a pretty large piece measuring just over 3ft by 2ft, so for my starting point I
chose the swirling water on the left hand side. Pitt pastel pencils 151 in navy was the
base colour. 149 a mid blue was then applied in a swirling motion to accentuate the
flow of the water. To highlight the water I used Derwent 310 powder blue with
occasional areas of white.
On the tiger the black stripes were put in first, then Pitt 187 was followed by 188:
making sure to follow the direction of the flow of the fur. I then worked in the darker
shades of orange Conte 07, topped off with Derwent 600 burnt ochre for highlights.
For the eye, I worked the whole circumference in Conte 47 lemon yellow apart from the
white highlight. A circular effect of Conte 16 green was added around the pupil, leaving
some of the lemon yellow visible. Pitt 174 was then used as depth over Conte 16 at the top
of the eye. The pupil being black. Pitt 187 Derwent 600 burnt ochre 580 yellow ochre
were used above the eye.
TIP; In small areas cotton buds I find are better than fingers; and keep the blended
TIP; If a main subject has been worked and the background needs painting in, I find
it best to apply the pastel lighter nearer the subject and push the pastel toward the
edge of the main subject using a cotton bud: this way the fur that extends beyond the
body will stand out when drawn in.
I continued with the tiger making sure to follow the direction of the fur. Working the
black stripes first. Then the white. The light orange going into dark then back into light.
The nose is a combination of Pitt 050 flesh Derwent 610 burnt carmine 600 burnt ochre
050 saffron for highlights Jaxell soft pink pastel.
Ochre’s were used in the white as were greys to accentuate depth with in the fur layers.
The nose was worked using pitt 187/188 conte 07 pitt 283, brown toward the bottom of
the nose for shadow, using very ting line work. This was done first before the oranges
were applied. Derwent 580 burnt ochre was applied across the entirety of the nose.
From the eye going across sweeping up to the middle of the forehead, then from just
underneath the eye, the pencil sweeps upward across the nose and then down toward
the tip. Derwent 050 was used to highlight the area just at the point where it sweeps
up toward the middle of the nose.
047 conte lemon yellow was used to highlight areas in the fur around the outer edge
on the face. Pitt 275 was applied to the inner edging on the ear as well as Derwent 610;
these were shaded together. Derwent 602 seal on the top of the ear for depth then white.
The outer rim was Pitt 187/188
To complete the piece black was used in the deepest areas of the ripples in the water.
Pitt 174 green along with Conte 16 was also used to highlight some of the reflections in
the water; Derwent seal was used in the lower ripples to diffuse out the black.
The sapphire blue water at the forefront was applied with Jaxell super soft pastel sticks
423 ultra-marine 447 phathalo blue 459 cobalt blue with areas of white. The tiger’s
reflection was Derwent 610 burnt carmine 050 saffron for highlights Pitt 325 mars violet