Art, Drawing, Inspiration

Beastliness, according with Alexandra Bastien

Didn’t you love colouring as a child?  For Montreal colour pencil artist, Alexandra Bastien, this love never died.

Of course it didn’t.

Dedicating more than 40hrs a week per piece, Alexandra brainstorms first, then gets a model to pose for her, and moves on to sketching. Her technique consists on colouring fifty layers of colour (50 layers!!!), which she proceeds to ‘strip’ to expose the first layer on a texturized surface that will induce to a glazer finishing.

The pencil brands she favours: Prismacolors Premier, Derwent Colorsoft and Faber-Castell Polychromos, or so she claims in an interview with CPSC when presented as their March 2011 Featured Artist.

Moreover, unless the text in her website is a lie, inspiration comes from her surrounding reality and from being fascinated with people.

I  now leave you with images from “Taming the Beast”, her most recent exhibition series dedicated for women “so they can break the chains of their fears, fully assume their femininity and feel their inner power again”, as she wrote in her artist statement. Enjoy!


First Graze




To Do


Beware I Come




Maternal Instinct






Brace Yourself

Don’t forget to check out her Artist Statement to understand the concept behind “Taming the Beast”!


One thought on “Beastliness, according with Alexandra Bastien

  1. THese are amazing! They look photographic! Only this very day I was talking to someone about colour pencil art. I had never realised until very recently just what wonderful and precise results can be achieved with them.

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