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“Afloat” – Finished Grebe Drawing

"Afloat" 38 x 28cm, coloured pencil on Fabriano Artistico 140lb hot pressed watercolour paper. Art by Wild Portrait Artist. Available for sale.

Been a long time since I made a blog post…. whoops! We have a lot of news to catch up on! But just for now, it just came to my attention that I had posted my finished grebe drawing to my social media pages, but not my art blog!

"Afloat" 38 x 28cm drawing of a great crested grebe in coloured pencil
“Afloat” 38 x 28cm, coloured pencil on Fabriano Artistico HP 140lb Watercolour Paper.

On the lake near where I live there is a mated pair of grebes whom I have been watching and photographing since January. I’ve grown rather fond of them!

I used my own reference photo for this piece. It was a rather poor photo that was a little blurry, but I just HAD to draw that pose.

The white fluffy down, and the white reflections in the water were created using a really cool technique that Lisa Clough – Lachri shared last week, by mixing Brush and Pencil titanium white and touch-up texture together into a kind of paint and then applying it with a liner brush onto the paper. This technique is remarkably useful for getting white areas back! I had accidentally burnished out the white fluff by that point so this technique was a lifesaver.

You can now purchase high quality prints of my latest work, “Afloat” in my Print Shop. A large variety of print types are available as well as worldwide shipping. The original work is also for sale for £130.00 unframed including postage. Email me at wildportraitartist@gmail.com for inquiries.

I’m currently working on a commission, a couple of new youtube videos and a few other little tidbits which I’ll talk about in the next post! And I definitely won’t leave it so long this time!

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Print Shop launch and more Grebe drawing progress!

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This week I spent my time adding the finishing touches to my website. There was a bit of a blooper where the site went down for two days, I apologise for that! Now that we’re all up and running again, I finally launched my print shop this week! You can now purchase high quality fine art prints of my artwork, with anything from your more traditional framed prints to cushions, phone covers and even shower curtains! Please do check it out!

 

I have also been doing some more work on my grebe drawing, still thinking of a title for this thing! I have now finished the detail work on his head and neck, and now I’ll be moving on to tackling all those feathers on his body.

 

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Back online!

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Phew! We’re back online with a new site host and shiny new site theme after being down for a few days! I’ve been tearing my hair out all evening trying to get everything working again. I apologise for the disruption in service, it’s been a bit of a bumpy transfer!

I finally migrated hosts from WordPress’s own hosting service, so I can now use plugins and have a lot more freedom with the design of my site. I’m still working on things so they might break occasionally but please bear with me! 🙂 I am currently in the process of adding a prints shop to my website along with a couple of other cool widgets so stay tuned!

 

For now here’s a small update on my grebe drawing to tide you over until the next update. Most of my flats are down, now that I know where all the feathers go it’s time to build on the detail work and shading!

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Until next time, see ya!

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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!

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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!
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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! 
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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!