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Acrylic painting tutorial and horse eye ACEO in coloured pencil

"Gentle Eyes" - original 2.5 x 3.5 inch miniature ACEO/ATC drawing in coloured pencil, on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. I used a mixture of Touch-up Texture and Titanium White powder for the highlights. Own ref photo used. Art by Wild Portrait Artist. SOLD.

It’s been a busy time for me in the last few months but I am still somehow finding time here or there for art. A lot of things have happened since my last blog post and I have lots to update you guys on!

My tutorial for my Kudu painting in acrylics is now available to watch, check it out below. Don’t forget the longer version is available over on Patreon and goes really in-depth on all the techniques I’m using.

 

A few weeks ago I also made a tiny little drawing of a horse in coloured pencil, and tried a few new techniques out for it!

"Gentle Eyes" - original 2.5 x 3.5 inch miniature ACEO/ATC drawing in coloured pencil, on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. I used a mixture of Touch-up Texture and Titanium White powder for the highlights. Own ref photo used. Art by Wild Portrait Artist. Available for sale.
“Gentle Eyes” – original 2.5 x 3.5 inch miniature ACEO/ATC drawing in coloured pencil, on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. I used a mixture of Touch-up Texture and Titanium White powder for the highlights. Own ref photo used. Art by Wild Portrait Artist. Available for sale.

Combining Touch-up Texture and Titanium White powder, then glazing over the top with coloured pencils allowed me to get lots of depth in this tiny drawing! This method is pretty risky because the touch-up texture does flake off a little when drawing over it (mainly because of the paper I’m using) but I love the effect I can create with it!

 

Check out the extended and fully voiced tutorial, available right now, over on Patreon! You can also download the photo to try this miniature drawing out for yourself if you’re a patreon supporter.

I’ll be making a short version of the tutorial for my YouTube viewers soon so stay tuned!

While we’re on the topic of Patreon, don’t forget to pick up this month’s reference photos while they’re still there! These reference photos are all taken by me for use in your artwork with no copyright worries. Even if you’re not a Patreon, I upload one entirely FREE reference photo a month up there that everyone can download, so don’t forget to come back each month for your free reference photo!

Perhaps the most exciting recent update (well, for me, anyway!) is that I’ve been upgrading my recording setup for videos!

My previous microphone setup involved a cardboard box lined with audio foam and a tiny little condenser mic precariously balanced inside. It took up all of my desk space, was very DIY and wasn’t ideal at all! Plus the background hum from my computer’s fans in the was getting on my nerves… and yours! I’ve been long overdue an upgrade after having the same setup for two and a half years…. and that’s where you came in!

I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who’ve supported me since setting up my Patreon account! You’ve made these new upgrades to my recording setup possible and they’re going to lead to much better quality videos from now on.

My new microphone is much better at eliminating background noise so hopefully the audio quality of my videos going forward is going to be much higher quality! Unlike my previous mic (the Samson Go Mic) I’m also able to mount this one on a proper stand clamped to the side of my desk, meaning it isn’t taking up any desk space at all!

I also bought a little clip-on light bulb holder and daylight bulb to add to my lighting setup. I already have a desk lamp with a daylight bulb in it, but I’m hoping the additional bulb on the opposite side of my table will help improve the visual quality of my art timelapse recordings. It will eliminate any shadows under my hands that were making it hard to see what I was doing and give me more consistent lighting.

Whether or not you’re a Patron, I just want to say a huge thank you for your support on this journey of art. Art tutorials are something that I’ve really wanted to do, and I can’t believe how quickly my youtube channel has grown since I started up! I hope to keep continuously improving myself and the quality of my content!

I’m going to leave this here for now as this post is already long enough. Until next time!

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Look out – it’s summer time! Busy day job, ACEOs and Product reviews.

I’m still alive! It’s been a busy few months for me lately. I probably haven’t mentioned this before, but my day job is working at a boarding kennels. During the summer months we get very, very busy which has been impacting both the time I get to work on art and the carpel tunnel in my hands. Unfortunately this resulted in me missing the dealine for the UKCPS Keswick exhibition which I was hoping to enter my hornbill piece in… but there’s always next time! In the meantime I’ve still been working on the painting bit by bit and have been thoroughly enjoying myself along the way.

The wrinkles on that vocal sack were so daunting but I'm really pleased with how it came out.
The wrinkles on that vocal sack were so daunting but I’m really pleased with how it came out.

I’m very conscious that I need to build up my portfolio at the moment as there’s very little there for people to go by, so I’ll be ramping up my art output (especially my pet portrait examples) once the August rush at the kennels comes to an end. In the meantime I’ve been working on smaller, fun pieces to hone my drawing skills. Specifically, I’ve been making ACEOs! In case you don’t know what they are, they are small, highly collectable playing-card-sized drawings that you can either swap with other artists or collect! Because they’re so small they’re quite quick to make and really fun to do.

Here are two that I’ve been working on. The graphite one is not yet finished, I still have the background to do and the details on the dolphin to refine. A huge thank you to the wonderful photographer Tory Kallman for allowing me to use her photos as a reference.

ACEO - 2.5 x 3 inches. Reference Photo from Tory Kallman.
ACEO – 2.5 x 3 inches. Reference Photo from Tory Kallman. Graphite on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.
Wavemaker ACEO with watermark
ACEO – 2.5 x 3 inches. Reference Photo from Tory Kallman. Coloured Pencils and white acrylic paint on Strathmore Bristol vellum.

I bought some Stonehenge paper (a very popular paper for many coloured pencil artists) and decided to test it out by making an ACEO of a tiger in coloured pencil – and it ended in disaster! I messed up the blending really badly so I went straight back to using Strathmore Brisol Vellum with my tail between my legs. That said, I’ve heard so many good things about the paper. Maybe I need to give it another chance. I’ll possibly create my next full-scale artwork on Stonehenge to see how it fares on a larger scale and then I’ll be able to determine what I really think of it.

Another thing I have in the works is product reviews detailing my thoughts on Faber Castell Graphite Aquarelle watersoluble pencils and also Caran D’Ache Neocolor ii watersoluble wax crayons (those names are quite a mouthful!). I am not affiliated with these companies in any way and have not been sponsored to do reviews, but I do love to talk about times when I try out new things so expect me to post about them both soon.

That’s about everything that I can think of for now! I’m going to try to keep these blog posts at least a weekly thing – so see you next Sunday for my Faber Castell Graphite Aquarelle review!