David Kassan Inspiration

Inspired by a David Kassan drawing tutorial I went to Blick and purchased a few supplies which included some “Ingres” pastel paper that I thought would work wonderfully, but I was very wrong.

So I purchased some Generals charcoal pencils, pan pastel with a cool palette knife like applicator, they call it a sofft tool, and some really cheap ingres pastel paper. Turns out that after working on the drawing for over an hour I figure out that I hate this paper tremendously and totally stop in disgust. So the following is what I have ended up with.

The Drawing


The Setup


Drawing Comparison


How can I improve the drawing

Luckily I was able to get far enough so I could still compare the drawing. I’m pretty happy with my accuracy of the countour.

Material Testing


Here I did some test of the pan pastels, it goes onto the paper nice and smooth, I can build it up really dark then easily remove it all the way down to the bare paper with an eraser. And the best thing about it is that it stays really well in one place, only the eraser picks it right off the paper.

Session Details

  • Session: 93
  • Work: 82
  • Width: 19"
  • Height: 12.5"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 1.5
  • Creative Time:



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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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