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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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Hi guys! Did you know that I have a Patreon? I’m offering extended 1-2 hour voiced tutorials, monthly prints or posters, as well as 10 high resolution, royalty-free reference photos a month, taken by me for you to use in your artwork! Check it out here:

Becoming my supporter on Patreon would also help me improve the production quality and frequency of my Youtube videos! I would really appreciate the support in making steps towards becoming a self-sustaining artist. I’ve been a busy bee setting things up and getting my first Patreon rewards sent out for this month.

At the $4 pledge, this month’s extended tutorial is going to be of my “Hyacinth Macaw” drawing in coloured pencil, using the colored pencil powder blender. I am currently in the process of adding commentary to it and it should hopefully be available by next week.

This month’s 12$ pledge reference photos were uploaded yesterday and are ready to download right now! These photos will be available for download until 1st February, when they will be removed and replaced with next month’s photos so be sure to download them before next month!

Happy New Year and I’m so excited to show you what I have in store for the future!

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Delving into wildlife photography

Wildlife photography is something that has always fascinated me – especially bird photography – but it has always been something that has been beyond my reach. After being stuck with my little Fujifilm FinePix compact camera for 8 years, getting more and more frustrated with its lacklustre zoom and slow shutter speed, I finally took the plunge. Last month I treated myself to my first DSLR – the Nikon D7200. It only took me a few days of devouring some instructional books and BIF blogs to learn how to shoot wildlife in full manual mode, and before I knew it I was going for long walks on almost every day I had off work.

I am fortunate that I live so close to so many beautiful areas for spotting wildlife, from nature reserves to lakes to forests to countryside. It’s rare when I don’t spend more than 3 hours exploring and trying to spot as many species of bird as I can – I feel like a child again!

One of the main advantages of having my own DSLR now is the ability to take my own reference photos – be it for pet portraits of local pets or wildlife and zoo animals. I am so excited!

For now here’s a little snippet of what I’ve been up to on my days off – My photography is gradually improving but I still have a lot to learn, especially when it comes to BIF (birds in flight). I will be starting to go to the local photography group sessions soon to try to learn as much as I can! What an unexpectedly addictive hobby!

A wild buzzard – this guy was hanging out in a tree for ages in my local nature reserve so I waited for him to fly off to try and get some in-flight shots!
A female mallard flapping her wings. You can always tell when ducks are about to wing flap if you watch them carefully – they usually always do it at the end of preening themselves.
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The two great crested grebes at my local lake are probably one of my favourite birds to photograph, my goal is to eventually get a good closeup shot of the pair doing their courtship dance!
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Long tailed tits are such adorable balls of floof – I just wish they would stay still longer! 
I’m rather proud of this shot! The background is such a pleasing shade of emerald and the robin is tack sharp – something I’ve been having a little bit of difficulty with before now!