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Hyacinth Macaw in Coloured Pencil

"Hyacinth Macaw" - A4 drawing in coloured pencils with powder blender on UArt 800 sanded paper. Reference photo by Jan Willemsen from wildlifereferencephotos.com Art by Wild Portrait Artist. Available for sale.

Last weekend I finished my hyacinth macaw drawing in coloured pencil!

"Hyacinth Macaw" - A4 drawing in coloured pencils with powder blender on UArt 800 sanded paper. Reference photo by Jan Willemsen from wildlifereferencephotos.com
“Hyacinth Macaw” – A4 drawing in coloured pencils with powder blender on UArt 800 sanded paper. Reference photo by Jan Willemsen from wildlifereferencephotos.com

 

I’m relieved this one is over! I had a bit of a battle with the paper all the way through this one. I used Uart 800 grade paper. Even with textured fixative and very light layers with the powder blender, it just won’t take any more layers of pencil. Not ideal! I hadn’t really experienced these issues in my previous drawings with the same paper (jumping spider and praying mantis). In this piece I kept getting ugly vertical ridges showing through that just wouldn’t blend out and the pencils just weren’t sticking to the paper no matter how many sprays of textured fixative I gave it. The paper is so fine and delicate that it just couldn’t stand up to the abuse I was putting it through!

It’s a little frustrating that I couldn’t make it as detailed as I wanted to, but I’m glad I finished it nonetheless! I got to play with my blue coloured pencils, something I don’t get to do often 🙂

I don’t think I will be using Uart 800 for coloured pencil again after this experience. The 600 grade paper definitely seemed to fare better in my cheetah drawing. I have also purchased some Fisher 400 sanded paper, which I hope to be trying out in the near future.

As with most of my pieces nowadays I have recorded my full process for this artwork and I’m currently in the process of editing. Expect the tutorial to go up on my YouTube channel this weekend!

I am also so thrilled to announce that my coloured pencil piece “Companionship” received an Honourable Mention in this year’s Colored Pencil Magazine competition! The other winning entries are absolutely phenomenal. Definitely check them out in this month’s Colored Pencil Magazine if you get the chance!

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Christmas is a very busy time of year for me and I have several top-secret projects in the works. Updates will probably be a little slow during this period but please bear with me! I have a couple of treats for you lined up, including product reviews of Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks, and Rembrandt soft pastels, which I am really looking forward to testing out!

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Yum yum! My preciouses *strokes box*

There’s nothing quite as addictive as new art supplies!
Until next time!

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A&I Artist of the Year Exhibition is next week!

Less than a week to go until the Artist & Illustrators Magazine Artist of the Year 2015 exhibition!
This is the final reminder I will be posting about the People’s Choice award, if people could send a vote my way and/or share this with their friends I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much for the continued support!
http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/Kraan2015
If you’re down in London from 22nd February to 27th February be sure to stop by Mall Galleries to check out all 50 beautiful shortlisted artworks, including my “Knobbed Hornbill” piece!
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Please vote for me for Artist & Illustrators Artist of the Year!

The good news just keeps coming at the moment, I can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed!

My coloured pencil piece “Knobbed Hornbill” has made it into the top 50 shortlist for the Artist & Illustrators Magazine Artist of the Year 2015 Exhibition! I can’t believe my eyes! It seems to be the only pencil artwork in the shortlist, which is a little nerve-wracking!

All 50 shortlisted artworks will be exhibited at Mall Galleries, London SW1, from 22-27 February 2016. I’m so happy and excited that I will be amongst them!

Please vote for me in the People’s Choice Award category! I would really appreciate it!

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My commissions for Christmas are still underway. Updates are going to be a little on the slow side until January, I apologise for the lack of posts up until then. My new drawing board arrived recently and I finally managed to squeeze in an hour in between commissions last night to work on my “Sun-Kissed Cosmos” coloured pencil piece. Not sure how I feel about the sky (the below image is cropped). I might end up cutting it down once the drawing is complete, I think there is too much of it.

12208395_712817798852025_6668807598601130851_nI just can’t stop smiling. Getting that news has made my day!

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Colored Pencil Magazine and Colors of Humanity Winner!

I’m so excited and proud to announce that my artwork “Knobbed Hornbill” came 7th in the Colored Pencil Magazine Annual Competition! You can find me in the November 2015 issue of the Colored Pencil Magazine and in their 2016 Calendar. I’m so unbelievably happy right now! 😀 Congrats to all the other winners!

My pieces “Faith” and “Giraffe Portrait” also have been accepted into the Colors of Humanity November 2015 show! They’re not announcing where and if people have placed until 1st November. I can’t wait!

In the meantime I am also currently working on my Christmas commissions. One down six to go! I’ve been waiting weeks for my new drawing board (which got lost in the post and had to be resent) and it finally arrived today. At last I can work on one commission and one personal work at the same time!From tomorrow I’ll be continuing with me “Sun-Kissed Cosmos” drawing along with my commissions (which I can’t share until after December 25th). Busy busy at the moment! But I’m loving every minute of it! 🙂