I managed to make it the whole way to the end, despite having one or two days where I nearly gave up, but I am so proud that I managed to finish the challenge! The month of October was a very positive one for me because the challenge really got my creative juices flowing again. I came out the other side positively overflowing with fresh ideas and concepts that I can’t wait to get cracking on!
I’m participating in Bee in the City, a public art trail where over 100 giant painted bees will be scattered around Greater Manchester. The art trail runs from 23rd July to 23rd September. My bee is sponsored by the NHS for Henshaws, a charity dedicated to helping blind and partially sighted people. To create an accessible piece of artwork, I incorporated many different sensory elements including different textures and 3D features, shimmering pigments, and an audio box on the base describing the sculpture. I poured my heart and soul into this project and enjoyed every second.
Finally found a spare moment when it wasn’t raining to get a good photo of the finished painting! I’m hooked on acrylic painting now. Working on this piece was very relaxing and at some points while painting it I was so in “the zone” that I kept forgetting to hit record on my camera… Continue reading Greater Kudu Portrait in acrylics
Last weekend I finished my hyacinth macaw drawing in coloured pencil! 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… Continue reading Hyacinth Macaw in Coloured Pencil
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… Continue reading Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencils Review
Whew! It’s finished! Up till now the only things I had drawn using the powder blender were invertebrates, which are generally very shiny and easy to shade. I wanted to see how easy or difficult it would be to draw fur using the colored pencil painting kit, so I decided to draw this! I discovered… Continue reading Finished cheetah drawing and tutorial
I’m still working on my cheetah drawing in coloured pencil so this week’s update is about a sketchbook doodle I did recently! What made me put a meerkat in space? I have no idea. Kind of works though! Reference used was my own from one of my trips to Chester Zoo 😉 I used Rotring… Continue reading Meerkats in spaaaaace! (speed drawing, art tips video, and update on my Cheetah drawing)
In this week’s Art Tips video I show you how to spray your artwork with fixative spray the right way! Last week I started a new coloured pencil drawing using powder blender! I’m using my own reference photo of a cheetah from Chester Zoo for this one. This time I’m using UArt 600-grain paper and… Continue reading How to use fixative sprays + new cheetah drawing!
Phew! A lot of updates this week. 3 completed full-blown drawings and two videos within one week is probably my best ever rate of production, though I should probably sleep at some point! 😂 Earlier on in the week I recorded an in-depth video review of the full coloured pencil painting kit in which I discuss my opinions… Continue reading Powder Blender tutorial!
Today’s video is an in-depth review of the full Colored Pencil Painting Kit by Brush and Pencil, including my thoughts and experiences with the Powder Blender! Stay tuned for tomorrow when I will be bringing you the second part of this video series – a tutorial on how to use the powder blender in your… Continue reading Review: Colored Pencil Painting Kit