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Cityscape Drawing with Pastel – Step by Step with Pictures and Instructions

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Pastel Cityscape Drawing Step by Step Lesson

Materials you will need to draw your cityscape

• Black paper • Cutout card buildings (A knife is best to cut out shapes) • Dry pastels or colored chalk • Earbuds


  1. Start by holding a shape onto the paper and roughly draw around it.

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2. Use an earbud and smudge the colours you’ve drawn. This will make a smooth glowing coverage.

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3. Use a variety of colours and repeat the process. You can flip the shapes for more variety.

4. Smaller shapes can add some depth to the artwork.

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5. Blending each color with your earbud can help add more atmosphere.

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6. Using a white piece of chalk, add some lights to the buildings.

  1. Add stars and a moon or planets to complete your night time city!

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