Hay Bale Study Tutorial

Hay Bale Study Tutorial

Hay Bale Study Tutorial

Hay Bale Study Tutorial

Learn the practice of drawing art studies and draw something fun and unique with Carrie’s first “study-style” tutorial.

10 Polychromos colors on Pastelmat.

More About the Hay Bale Study Tutorial

“A study is a quick drawing, usually focusing on one part of a subject and using value and/or color to explore the subject.

“Studies are often drawn outside or from life and without spending a lot of time. But studies can be an excellent way to improve drawing skills without the stress of producing finished work.” — Carrie L. Lewis

For centuries, artists have explored their favorite subjects by drawing or painting studies of them. Drawing studies seems to be something many colored pencil artists have forgotten. Or never learned. Carrie hopes to change that trend with this tutorial.

The tutorial begins with Carrie showing how she developed the best reference photo for the drawing and then improved on her original line drawing and design. You’ll see how she then used only ten colors to draw this beautiful study of a hay bale.

Carrie also demonstrates her favorite drawing method by showing you how to glaze color over an umber under drawing for natural looking green colors.

The drawing is on white Clairefontaine Pastelmat using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, but you can successfully complete this tutorial with any artist grade pencils on good drawing paper.


How to change a reference photo to get the best composition

What to leave in a composition and what to remove

Why what works in a photo may not work in art

How to glaze color over an umber under drawing

How to draw rich color with only ten pencils

And much more

Learning these methods with this tutorial, and then use them to do your own colored pencil studies!

Skill Level

Intermediate and higher.

Don’t have the same pencils or paper Carrie used? That’s okay! The tutorial includes color swatches so you can match colors. You can successfully complete this tutorial with any brand of pencils and on most traditional drawing papers.

All tutorials are available as digital downloads only.

About Carrie L. Lewis: Carrie has been painting and drawing for over 50 years. She sold her first horse portrait at the age of seventeen and has been creating beautifully detailed portraits of horses for clients all over the United States ever since. In the late 1990s, Carrie began doing more colored pencil work, which is now her primary medium. Her favorite subjects are still horses, but she now also draws landscapes. She is a current member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and publishes the monthly e-zine for colored pencil artists, CP Magic!