Passionate About Portraits

Learn how to create portraits of people with soft pastel

“Human faces are the hardest to draw and skin tones are impossible!”

If this is how you feel, you’re in the right place because I used to think this too.  But I taught myself how and I can teach you too.

Are you longing to be able to pastel portraits of your grandchildren, childhood photos, family and friends?

But try as you might it’s impossible to achieve a likeness and beautiful skin tones.

And you don’t have years to learn how to draw faces but you’re passionate about wanting to.

Have you tried and failed… You just couldn’t get a likeness?

You’re just not good enough at drawing 

Have you not even dared to try?

Perhaps you’re great at animal portraiture but people portraits evade you?

If you were nodding your head to the above, then the good news is, I can help you.

And you don’t need to be able to draw or be naturally gifted at art. 

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t easy, but if you have a good eye for detail and you’re willing to put some time in, you will get there. 

Hello, my name is Sue Kerrigan-Harris,  I’m an award winning artist but first and foremost, a teacher and a coach and I love teaching soft pastel – especially portraits!

Before I was a teacher, I found learning anything so hard, that is until I trained to be a specialist teacher using advanced learning techniques. This opened up a whole new world of opportunity because I was learning how to learn.


how to teach others, just like you to learn as well.

I’ve ended up teaching people in my little village in the UK – people just like you, which has led me to teaching over 1000 students worldwide.

I’ve won awards for my art and I’m an Associate Artist for a world-leading soft pastel brand, Unison Soft Pastels.

NOT ONLY do I show you how to pastel

(and this is the most important bit)

I tell you WHY you’re doing what you’re doing.
This empowers you to take the knowledge and apply it to your own paintings.


Pastel Portraits For Beginners

The course to solve all your pastel struggles.

Patient real-time video tutorials for beginners
(Assumes no prior knowledge)



Your Pathway To Portrait Success

Here’s What I’ll Be Teaching You In Detail:


You’ll learn:

  • 4 key ingredients to set you up on the right path to success
  • The secret sauce to create a beautiful portrait with a likeness.
  • How to draw an outline even if you can’t draw.  (I’ll show you two methods.)
  • Learn how to draw perfect eye shapes even when you’re using the 2 methods above.
  • You’ll work along with me to pastel your first mini monochrome portrait so you can put the above skills into practice.


You’ll learn:

  • Pastel For Skin Tones Resource Guide (Includes brands from student sets to professional)
  • How to pastel basic skin tones using pastel sticks/pencils/pans and different brands
  • My simple yet effective guide with tips for choosing skin colours.
  • You’ll learn the do’s and don’ts about facial features
  • You’ll pastel your first eyes in colour along with me
  • And we’ll pastel your first colour portrait together.


In this module, you’ll learn how to perfect those basic skin tones from Module 2

You’ll learn 4 skin tones with 4 mini tutorials:

  • Asian Skin
  • Dark Skin
  • English Rose Skin
  • Beautiful Wrinkles


Hair can be very tricky to learn without help so in this module I cover 8 different hair types to practice now and save for when you need them:

  • Curly Hair
  • Afro Hair
  • Ringlets Hair
  • Long Curls
  • Baby Hair
  • Thick Black Hair
  • Short Brown Hair


    Tutorials and self study to help you build and improve upon the techniques taught in the previous 4 modules.

    • Tutorials:
      Monochrome Girl Portrait using pastel pencils. PDF Resources and Video Tutorial.
    • Young Girl Portrait using a combination of sticks and pastel pencils
    • Self Study: A range of facial features to help you dial in on the areas you need to practice.


      NO Drawing Skills Required!

      I’ll show you 2 different ways to draw your subject that do not require freehand drawing skills.

      Learn Step by Step

      Learn with full HD Video tutorials, it’s like having me right next to you and you get the best view.

      PDF Guides

      Comprehensive guides complete with reference image, grids and suggested supplies to use.

      Learn HOW & Why

      I will show you not only HOW but WHY you are learning a specific way so you can apply the knowledge to your own paintings.

      Supportive Community

      Join my Private VIP Facebook Group where you’ll get support from me and other kind and helpful members of the group who have done or are doing the course.

      NO Time Limit

      Once you have purchased the tutorials are yours to keep for as long as you need. They do not expire.

      And Today You’ll Also Get

      #BONUS 1 (WORTH £150)

      What If You Get Stuck?

      You’ll get 3 months subscription to Art Club on Zoom. As well as being able to ask me any questions, you’ll get demonstrations, drawing practice, work-alongs with fellow artists all designed to help you move forward.

      You’ll be sent an email to subscribe to Art Club totally free.

      #BONUS 2 (WORTH £150)

      Clothes & Accessories 

      You’ll get an Introduction to pastelling clothes including how to pastel a checked shirt and a wool cardigan.  Also *bonus footage for pastelling dungerees, buttons and a patterned top.

      #BONUS 3 (WORTH £100)

      Bonus Tutorials & Footage

      • BONUS Tutorial:  How To Make 4 Different Skin Tones with 6 Different Pastel Brands
      • BONUS Tutorial: How To Pastel a Beard
      • *BONUS footage for reference including teeth, ears, skin and hair on velour, glasses, baby skin, baby hair, thinning hair,  full portrait in real-time.

      *Bonus footage is unnarrated.


      How Quickly Will You See Results?

      From your very first tutorial you will start learning how to draw accurately.  Combining this drawing stage with your first monochrome pastel portrait you’ll start seeing better results straight away.   The more practice you put in to the drawing stage, the better your results will be.

      By combining my advanced teaching skills and extensive knowledge of soft pastel, I can teach complete beginners how to pastel with brilliant results.

      Amanda Connell

      Sue has given me the confidence to have a go and all the resources to guide me through

      I found Sue’s lessons professional, well-resourced, full of detail and thoroughly enjoyable. She is generous in sharing useful and practical tips that might otherwise take years to discover. Sue has given me the confidence to have a go and all the resources to guide me through. A number of helpful bonus tutorials also included  – showing her commitment to supporting her pupils and the value she places on their learning. 

      Prior to this course I had had very little experience with art but always had an interest – I had experimented with watercolour landscapes and portrait drawing with a pencil but I had always been scared to venture into colour.

      Diane Nadolny

      “Using what I have learned from Sue in other tutorials and the portrait course has greatly helped me to improve my paintings. I highly recommend it.

      “I was asked to paint a portrait of my niece and decided to purchase the Portrait Course from Sue to help me in that painting. I jumped straight in to the eyes section and fell in love with Sue’s style of teaching. She walks you through each section, even how to correct mistakes and not panic. The ability to layer pastels and use light layers to create depth and texture. To mix sticks and pencils, how different features can be achieved with different skin tones, eye shapes, wrinkles, smooth skin, etc.  Using what I have learned from Sue in other tutorials and the portrait course has greatly helped me to improve my paintings. I highly recommend it.”


      Janice Vaughan

      Sue is an excellent teacher who offers encouragement and support to all who sign up

      Sue’s portrait tutorial is packed with information. There’s guidance on the tools, pastels and paper best suited to painting portraits as well as loads of videos focussing on individual aspects of the face such as eyes, hair etc. In addition there are even helpful guides for painting babies, older people and people wearing glasses to name a few. I can’t think of anything that has not been considered. Sue’s written instructions are clear and concise, including options for pastel types etc. The videos Sue has created to demonstrate how to paint individual aspects of a portrait or examples of a couple of portraits are of an extremely high quality. They are easy to follow and again the explanation and instructions are excellent. Sue is an excellent teacher who offers encouragement and support to all who sign up/follow her. Sue’s weekly tutorials have really improved my understanding of pastels and my artwork has developed too. I even enrolled on the Horse Study course too as I just can’t get enough of her expertise…. Thanks Sue!

      What’s Included Today:

      Pastel Portraits For Beginners (Value £500)

      BONUS #1: 3 Month Subscription to Art Club (Value £150)

      BONUS #2: The Beginner’s Extension Pack (Value £100)

      BONUS #3 50% off your next 3 Tutorials or Courses (Value £100)

      You Pay Just £147 ($180)

      (That’s over 80% discount)

      If you’d prefer to pay via 3 installments, you’ll be transferred to my other website where you can access this option