talk to the farm animals

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Welcome to the “talk to the farm animals” classroom!

Farm animals are such beautiful creatures, you look into their eyes and see their souls 🙂  It can be a little intimidating to capture that on paper, but with soft pastels it’s simple to use a looser style which enables more emotion and spontaneity in our work, helping to capture that soul.

Who are our lovely animals?

It was soooo hard to decide!  Of course the cow was always going to feature as she is so lovely and soulful.  I have always wanted to see a playful piglet on my paper so she had to be there too. Then of course the beautiful sheep, in profile, majestic and soft.  The prefect trio 🙂

These do take a little time to complete, about an hour and a half each.  If you took my first “talk to the animals” class using just charcoal and white pastel, you will find these take a bit longer.  But we follow a very similar process.

First a simple sketch, I use tracing paper to show you how to do this, but that is optional, you can draw directly onto your print out and then on your paper.  This is an easy way to capture the basic shape of our animal.

We’ll then use dark pastel to put in the darker tones, and then just build up from there.  Now these go through a really long “ugly stage”, don’t worry, they really come together right at the end.  You will see that as you watch the videos.  Don’t panic 🙂

If you have never used an easel try one for this class.  It really is the best way to keep yourself loose and be able to stand back and look as you are drawing.  Doing these flat on a table or workbench will not be as successful as you will end up with pastel dust everywhere, it needs to freely fall off your paper as you work. You can get a small table top easel for next to nothing, or failing that stick your paper to the wall, or another vertical surface 🙂

***Please resist the urge to “blow” on your work, you do not want that loose dust floating around your work area, just give your paper a tap and the dust will fall to the bottom of your easel.

So let us continue…

This page contains all the classroom content and links to the videos for the three lessons (which are right at the bottom of this page!).


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I will add or invite you to the group after you join the class.
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introduction video

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materials/supplies video

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Scroll to the bottom of this page where you will find the link to the lesson videos.

materials/supplies list

Please use what you already have in your collection.   The items below are what I have used in this class.

  • Set of soft pastels – earthy tones – Sennelier Portrait set has great colours (refer below for my colour swatch chart)
  • 3 or 4 pastel pencils – black, white, brown and yellow tones
  • Toned pastel paper – Mi Teintes Canson – I use half of a 50x65cm sheet approx. 32.5x42cm (12.5”x16”)
  • easel
  • tracing paper – optional
  • eraser
  • fixative or sealer (optional – these do not “seal” your work but may help to fix it a little, however the colours will darken so use with care and very lightly!) I use Krylon Fine Art Fixatif 1374

*** I use an easel in this class – a small table mounted one, these lessons are best done vertically due to the pastel dust so I highly recommend getting an easel if you do not have one.

Pastel colours used in this class (plus white) – some colours are duplicated in all 3 lessons. Click to enlarge.


The video’s have been broken down into short intervals. Please work at your own pace.
There is no need to hurry.   You have access to this class indefinitely so relax and enjoy the creative process!

You can watch the video’s within the classroom or click on the download link under each one.
When you are taken to the download page click on the “download” button
and choose your quality/size.


PDF containing full size images & supply list

click on the link below the picture to open the pdf

talk to the farm animals final images and supplies list

Reference photos

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