I went on holiday to south Spain with my family last week so the updates have been a little on the quiet side, but I’m back in chilly old England now so I can get back to finishing that german shepherd portrait! I also took plenty of photos while I was in Spain including numerous… Continue reading Spain adventures and a new coloured pencil work!
I started a new dog portrait last Thursday and decided to draw it on my newly-purchased Fabriano Artistico 140lb hot-pressed watercolour paper. My first impressions of the paper is that it is a slightly smoother and much denser paper than my usual Strathmore Bristol Vellum. The colours layer beautifully and because it’s such a heavy… Continue reading German Shepherd portrait on Fabriano Artistico paper
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… Continue reading Look out – it’s summer time! Busy day job, ACEOs and Product reviews.
Just a very short post to say that I’ve been working some more on the beak of my hornbill today. I wish I had more time to draw but I’m so swamped with other things at the moment. I’ll be trying to get a lot more of this done on Wednesday and Thursday this week.… Continue reading Hornbill progress update
Apologies for the lack of updates, I really need to update this blog more often to keep up with my instagram and facebook accounts! I’ve just made a start on a 29 x 20.5cm portrait of a hornbill. I saw a photo on wildliferencephotos.com and felt a flash of inspiration! I just had to draw… Continue reading Hornbill Work In Progress and Toto Portrait Update!
“Dennis” Portrait Commission, 21 x 30cm in coloured pencils. Just finished drawing this beautiful boy! I had a lot of fun experimenting with warm greys with this piece. Now it’s ready to be shipped off to its new home. Thankfully the sun has decided to peek out from under the rainclouds today, so I was… Continue reading Dennis Commission and progress shots
Just a quick little update on my portrait of Toto! I’ve got the darkness of his facial fur to the value I want it to be after much changing and fiddling. I’m currently adding fur details and then I’ll be moving on to his ears!
I started on two new animal portraits yesterday. The first one is a graphite drawing of my meezer Toto, who I’ve been meaning to draw since he came to live with us. He’s the cheekiest and sweetest cat I’ve ever met and I feel so privaliged to have him! The second piece that I’m doing… Continue reading Two new portraits!
A friend of mine was asking what tools I use for my graphite drawings the other day, so here they are! 1.) Faber Castell 9000 6H pencil – I use this for embossing signitures or whiskers/light hairs in dark areas of the drawing because it is a really hard and faint lead. I also rarely… Continue reading Graphite tools of the trade
Current work in progress that I started today! Giraffes are one of my favourite animals. Not a very good photo because it’s dark outside, but it’ll have to do! Graphite on hot-pressed Daler Rowney Aquafine paper, 21cm x 13cm. Reference provided by the wonderful wildlifereferencephotos.com