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My review of Holbein Coloured Pencils is finally here!

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It’s the review quite a few of you have been waiting for! For this review I take an in-depth look at Holbein Coloured Pencils.

 

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The tutorial of “The Cliff Sentry” is also up on my Youtube channel. I use exclusively Holbein Coloured Pencils for this drawing- so if you want a better idea of how these pencils perform then it’s definitely worth checking out!

That’s about it for now – I have some VERY exciting news on the way, but for now I’ll leave you here! Until next time!

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Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencils Review

"Suki" - 11 x 14 inches, Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Art by Wild Portrait Artist.

My review on Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils is up on Youtube now! In the video I discuss my opinions and experiences using these pencils and show you how I used them for creating a drawing of my cat, Suki. Check it out if you’re interested in trying out this brand for your graphite drawings!

And here’s the finished drawing! I was having a bit of trouble photographing this piece without losing details because of the graphite shine. This is the best image I could get of it for now. Graphite can be a bit of a pain to photograph! I drew this as the companion piece of my drawing Toto, my other cat. I hope to eventually get them framed and have them side-by-side on my bedroom wall ❤

"Suki" - 11 x 14 inches, Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum
“Suki” – 11 x 14 inches, Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum

In the meantime my hard drive is in need of a serious clearout. I’ve currently been trawling through 480gb of wildlife photos and deleting the bad ones. And I only got into photography in January! I wish I hadn’t been so lazy and had deleted them as I went xD
There are so many. Help me.

Speaking of which, I’ve been spending some time uploading my photos to WildlifeReferencePhotos.com recently. This site provides artists with high quality reference photos that are royalty-free and high in detail for you to use in your artwork. You can find the jackdaw photo below and more on there, so check it out! 🙂

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Caw caw mother cluckers.

After a bit of an uphill struggle the background for my hyacinth macaw coloured pencil drawing is complete! I was almost going to scrap this drawing but I managed to rescue it last night. Sorry for the bad photo quality.

The pencils just weren’t sticking to the paper in the top right corner so I couldn’t get the area dark enough or a smooth gradient into the browns no matter how much I sprayed it with textured fixative, and I kept getting these ugly vertical lines from the texture of the paper showing through. I managed to rescue it by burnishing with my Luminance pencils, thankfully.

I think this is more an issue with Uart 800 paper than anything else. The sandy texture is so fine that it just can’t hold much pencil. The vertical lines are not something I’ve really noticed before in my previous drawing with this paper but I can see it being a bit of an issue. I’ll be trying out Fisher 400 paper soon and seeing how that compares.

In the meantime, I can’t wait to start colouring that macaw! I’ve been itching to draw something blue for ages!

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Sorry for the bad photo quality, it was kind of late at night! Or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it! Hehe 😛

Until next time!

 

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Grebe drawing WIP and Staying Organised With Multiple Simultaneos Drawings

art tips video #1 how to keep track of which pencils you've used between drawings
"Grebe Preening" (working title) 11x14 Inch work in progress drawing in coloured pencil
“Grebe Preening” (working title) 11×14 Inch work in progress drawing in coloured pencil

I recently started this drawing of a Great Crested Grebe using my own reference photo. This grebe is one of a mated pair on a lake near where I live. I’ve spent a lot of time watching them both throughout winter and have amassed a lot of photographs of them! They are such beautiful birds and I’ve been really looking forward to drawing them.

I walked down to the lake yesterday after not going for a while and they have sucessfully had two chicks! Exciting times!

A new Art Tips video has just gone live on my YouTube channel. In this video I show you how I keep track of which pencils I’ve used in my coloured pencil pieces. Please do check it out!

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“Companionship” – Coloured Pencil Tutorial

In this video I show you how I created my drawing “Companionship” in coloured pencil in a fully voiced-over format. Still getting used to talking to an imaginary audience but I guess I’ll get there with practice!

Editing blooper! I didn’t notice there were repeated lines in my audio until after I had uploaded to youtube. Thought I had deleted them all before processing my video! Hopefully I get better at using Adobe Premiere with time xD

 

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Youtube Channel and Studio Tour!

My Youtube channel is finally set up and raring to go!  Please do give it a look, I’ll be uploading a lot of art tutorial videos, product reviews, discussions and fully commentated walkthroughs of my artwork in the future!

My first video is a little tour of my art desk and all the art supplies and brands I use for my portrait work. Hope you enjoy it!

 

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The Home Stretch

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Just a small update this week. I’m on the home stretch with Jack and Jess’s portrait now! I should hopefully be finished by the end of next week. Still recording my progress on this drawing, then I’ll have over 116gb (20+ hours!) of footage to edit down for youtube. I will be uploading my first vlog this coming week too, a studio tour of my art desk. Stay tuned!

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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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Jess and Jack: Coloured Pencil commission work in progress

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“Jess and Jake” (working title) – 30 x 42cm coloured pencil commission on Fabriano Artistico HP Watercolour Paper.

Today I started work on a coloured pencil commission of two very sweet and loving dogs, Jess (on the left) and Jack (on the right). These two sweethearts belong to a friend’s mum so I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them multiple times now! I’ve been looking forward to this drawing for a while! Just look how snug and adorable they look!

One of my favourite coloured pencil artists, Lisa Clough, inspired me to do youtube video recordings, so this is my first ever piece where I’ll be recording my full process on video! Stay tuned for the video soon after I complete this piece – it will be a fully commentated tutorial of my process and the techniques I use. I hope any artists out there who see it will find it helpful and I’m sure it will be interesting for commissioners as well to see how I create my artwork 🙂 Really looking forward to it!

Being on camera forces you to focus on what you are doing. This is amazingly useful! I’ve been struggling to concentrate recently and keep getting distracted by other things. But while I’ve been working on this drawing under the camera’s lens, I’ve been able to keep going for 3 hours straight without break – an extremely long time for a fidget pot like me!

This piece is A3 sized (30 x 42cm) so it’s quite large. I’m three and a half hours in so far (not counting the time it took to do the rough sketch). It’s probably going to take around 18 hours to finish.

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Meow! “Angie” commissioned portrait in graphite

Another Christmas commission to share with you all! This one is of a very sweet and cheeky cat called Angie.

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“Angie” 14.8 x 21cm commission, graphite on Fabriano Artistico HP watercolour paper.

It was quite a small portrait (A5 sized) so it was a challenge to get all the little details in but I really enjoyed making this one.

No step-by-step for you to see this time I’m afraid, I was up to my usual bad habits of working through the night in relative darkness again to get this one finished so I couldn’t get any good photos! 😛

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“In Loving Memory – Myah” Christmas Portrait Commission and Process

Back in October a lovely lady over on the Siamese and Oriental Cat Chat group on facebook commissioned a portrait off me of her absolutely gorgeous havannah, Myah. Myah had sadly passed away after an illness last year and I was asked to create a portrait in her memory.

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“In Loving Memory – Myah” 21 x 30cm commissioned portrait, coloured pencil on Fabriano Artistico HP watercolor paper.

I was so touched to hear back from her on Christmas day when her husband recieved it –

As expected my husband absolutely loves the portrait of Myah. When I gave him it on Christmas Day it actually made him cry, and then of course I cried! We miss her dreadfully but he agrees it is a most fitting tribute and it has pride of place in our house. Thank you again, you captured her spirit perfectly.

This is exactly why I love making pet portraits- they are a lasting, tangible snapshot of your loved ones’ lives that stay with you even long after they are gone and I feel so privaliged to be a part of it.

 

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“In Loving Memory – Myah” step-by-step process.

I hope you all had a happy, warm and wonderful Christmas and New Years! See you next week!