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Giveaway – Online Class & Colors

UPDATE 6/25/15:
Congratulations to the three giveaway winners! F.Yost, Anish Babu and Malaika.
Back in February we announced the launch of Sharlena Wood’s Craftsy online class “Drawing Wild Animals”. Sharlena uses PanPastel throughout the class. We have heard very positive feedback from students that have already taken the class  – they love Sharlena’s very professional & approachable teaching style –  it is a great introduction to many basic drawing techniques along with how to work with a black, white and grey palette. 

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I took the class myself, and loved it too…so we have teamed up with Sharlena for a special giveaway. Three lucky winners will win the following:
– Free access to Craftsy online class “Drawing Wild Animals”
– 5 x PanPastel colors (the colors that Sharlena uses in the class)
– PanPastel palette tray
– Selection of Sofft Tools

Total value of each package is US$95!

Enter using the form at the bottom of this post.

CLASS DETAILSLearn how to draw wild animals with dramatic detail and dynamic depth alongside artist Sharlena Wood. You’ll get step-by-step guidance for depicting three beloved animals in black and white: the elephant, the panda and the leopard. Throughout the class, Sharlena will teach you to work with PanPastel and charcoal pencils — mediums that make vivid animal portraits easier and faster to draw. Start by blocking in your animal’s main shapes and get tips for drawing them with accurate form and proportion. Move on to rendering value shifts with confidence to create drawings with remarkable dimension. Then, bring your work to life as you find out how to accurately draw animal skin, fur, spots, eyes and more. Discover new techniques and mediums as you draw powerful portraits of these amazing animals.

The class includes :

  • 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • supply lists and beautiful reference photos
  • hours of close-up drawing instruction
  • answers from Sharlena in the virtual classroom
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Sharlena says “The Drawing Wild Animals class will share an exciting combination using PanPastel Colors with charcoal pencils to create stunning black and white wildlife portraits. PanPastel Colors help make the drawing process easy! I love this product and it has single handedly changed my work in great ways with impressive results. Each animal project begins using a greyscale PanPastel palette and sponges to help create a range of value and how to start blocking in main big shapes before details. From there the lessons look at various drawing with charcoal and mark-making techniques using PanPastel and knife applicators to create the illusion of patterns and textures in wildlife.” 
See the work already created by students on this page: Drawing Wild Animals Student Work
If you are interested in taking the class right away, or if you aren’t one of the lucky winners – we have a VERY special discounted price for the class from Sharlena:
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All PanPastel Drawings by Sharlena Wood

Enter to win using the form below by Wednesday 24th June 2015, 11pm EST (New York time). THREE lucky winners will be randomly selected. We’ll announce the winners on this blog and at our Facebook page.

This giveaway is open to entrants aged 18 and over. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. One entry per person. Winners will be announced on this blog and at our Facebook page. Other Giveaway RulesIf you experience any difficulties email us at:

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Creator of Shared Palette Interactive Art, Canada based Sharlena Wood is a vibrant and versatile artist, best known for her vast material expertise and infectious enthusiasm. Her joy for sharing knowledge combined with her cheerful and upbeat attitude inspires fearless exploration and creation – the perfect recipe for building confidence, discovering unique gifts and ultimate creative potential.