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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!

print shop announcement

print shop announcement

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!

great crested grebe preening grooming feathers water bird drawing pencil coloured pencil colored pencil art artwork

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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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!