I am amazed that I had my PanPastels sitting around for as long as I did before I used them. And if truth be known, I only picked them up on a whim for a practice piece ‘just to have a go’.

Well, I was completely blown away. Anyone who uses coloured pencil for their artwork will know that it’s a very time consuming process, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a fact. Now depending on how you use the Pans, you can save a considerable amount of time on those initial layers.

What I also found amazing with the PanPastels is the speed with which you can apply them quite freely and the coverage of a large area where you have already pretty much defined your tonal value.

how to use pan pastels with coloured pencils

As you can see from this little guy on the right, most of the hard work is done by the PanPastels, laying down that lovely initial layer before I can them move in with my coloured pencils to add in all the fine details.

This is still time consuming, as you can see where I have started to work into his head and arm, lots of details are still required, but what I like is that I get a good overall view of where the piece is heading.

Now this might not work for some people as many like to work in small space at a time and complete one area before moving on to the next, and this exactly how I started out. But unless you try something new, you’ll never know if you’ll like it or not. So I say give it a go!

I think that my Pans will get used in many more of my portraits from now on, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know how to use them better and sharing my findings with you.

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