Colin Bradley Art Cast



Father and Son team Colin & Steve Bradley offer Pastel & Watercolour Tips to artists via this weekly Podcast. Submit your questions and Check out Colin's Free Courses on his website:


  • Light over Dark - 56

    10/01/2014 Duración: 33min

    This week we talk about putting light over dark with Pastel Pencils, Colin explains how sometimes, you can get away with it. We also discuss using Pencil extenders and what Colin recommends. Colin tells us about electric pencil sharpeners and how to use black as a darkening agent.

  • Reflection in Glass - 55

    03/01/2014 Duración: 29min

    It’s our 1st Birthday! Listen as we discuss the differences between Polychromes Pencils and Pastel Pencils and tackling difficult Kitten fur. Colin discusses his latest Still Life project: the Wine Glass.

  • Charcoal Pencil - 54

    27/12/2013 Duración: 23min

    In this episode, we reflect on 2013 and the subjects we’ve covered. Colin talks about what’s coming for 2014 and an interesting addition to your Pastel Pencil range.

  • Two-Third Rule - 53

    20/12/2013 Duración: 31min

    In this episode, we touch upon the “business” of art, referring to selling prints and the legalities involved. We also discuss drawing larger pictures such as A1/A2 size in Pastel Pencils and the problems you may need to overcome with mounting the picture. Lastly, we discuss the Two-Third Rule (guideline) in landscapes both horizontally AND vertically.

  • Animal Backgrounds - 52

    13/12/2013 Duración: 23min

    Steve and Father Christmas answer more of your questions in this week’s show. We talk backgrounds and the different options you have with animal subjects. Colin also discusses using “Masking Fluid” with watercolour and when he chooses to use it in his pictures.

  • Artist’s Block - 51

    06/12/2013 Duración: 32min

    In this episode we talk about sepia in Pastel Pencils, the problems with switching between subjects and how to tackle “artist’s block” and pressures of commission work. We also discuss painting snow in Watercolour and reveal a new offer in time for Christmas.

  • Hollyhocks - 50

    29/11/2013 Duración: 31min

    In this episode, we discuss Colin’s take on Quinton’s Hollyhocks painting and some obstacles he had to overcome. Find out alternative ways to get sharp points on Pastel Pencils. Send your questions to

  • Smokey Skies - 49

    22/11/2013 Duración: 26min

    We answer more of your questions including how to tackle skies in pastel pencils, especially those that appear "smokey". How does paper tooth affect landscapes & portraits and how do you mix a dark purple in Pastel Pencils?

  • Shattering Effect - 48

    15/11/2013 Duración: 28min

    In this episode we whizz through more of your questions with Colin. We discuss sharpening pastel pencils, substituting out colours in pictures, forming colour arrangements and putting multiple subjects in your picture. We also tease the next animal picture…

  • Shiny Black - 47

    08/11/2013 Duración: 27min

    In this episode, we talk about how to make black dogs look older or younger using Pastel Pencils. In watercolour, we discuss whether you should apply a wash to your paper first as well as how large you could make your pictures. All this and more in Episode 47! Send your questions to

  • Tracedown, Colourfix & Mousy Hair - 46

    01/11/2013 Duración: 29min

    In this episode, we talk about using ColourFix, sourcing TraceDown and using Pastel Dust like a palette for mixing colours. Colin talks about tackling “mousy” coloured hair and we reveal some exciting news on our competition.

  • Big Announcments - 45

    25/10/2013 Duración: 41min

    In this episode, we have 2 BIG announcements launching 2 new services for anyone interested in Watercolour or Pastel Pencil. Colin also answers your questions including using transtrace/carbon and how to tackle the backgrounds with grass, leaves etc.

  • Putty Rubbers - 44

    18/10/2013 Duración: 23min

    In this episode, we talk about "over-working" your picture and how useful putty rubbers can be to create texture on your artwork. Colin also explains the difficulty of using Soft Pastels and the paper best to use for hard or soft pastels.

  • Pastel Lives and Breathes - 43

    10/10/2013 Duración: 18min

    In this episode, we answer your questions and reveal some new projects coming soon. Why use Mixed Mediums? Can you get the same results using just one? How do you apply polychromos Pastel Sticks to Birds? Recorded live in London at the Actors Centre, Covent Garden.

  • Cushion Colours - 42

    03/10/2013 Duración: 32min

    In this episode Colin discusses when it is a good idea to put a base colour down to cushion the darker colour on top and to almost think of it as a "palette" as with Watercolour. Colin also talks masking tape and can you combine Polychromos Pencils with Pastel Pencils?

  • Blending Methods - 41

    27/09/2013 Duración: 22min

    In this episode we discuss the difference between blending tools such as a colour shaper, paper blender and even your finger! Colin answers your questions including why you shouldn't apply black straight to paper, how to make a flesh colour in watercolour and the difference with Canson paper with "bubbles" rather than the "tooth" of Ingres paper.

  • HB or 2B? Pencils Explained - 40

    19/09/2013 Duración: 27min

    In this episode we discuss the different types of graphite pencil leads which leads to a very confused Steve! We also answer your questions including how to make prints of your pictures, the best way of shipping your artwork & what are the best Soft Pastels to use (in Colin's opinion).

  • Tubes or Pans? - 39

    13/09/2013 Duración: 34min

    In this episode, we talk about the difference in using watercolour pans instead of watercolour tubes. We also discuss the difference between "Student" quality watercolours against "Artist" quality watercolours. We also cover the two new pictures coming to the member's site and how Colin chose the colours and achieved the incredible effects.

  • All about Watercolour - 38

    06/09/2013 Duración: 36min

    In this episode, we discuss all things Watercolour. What size painting should you try? What are watercolour pencils like? How do you use multiple colours on 1 palette? We cover this and more in the Watercolour-Themed episode.

  • Breaking Copyright - 37

    29/08/2013 Duración: 31min

    Will copying a reference picture from the web break copyright laws? We discuss this as well as how to draw "ageing" animals and the orientation of Paper Tooth. Colin also fluff's the outro.. comedy genius.

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