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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Holly the Dalmatian

Holly is a rescue Dalmatian and this is her portrait which I have just taken off the drawing board. She is the second Dalmatian I have done, I think I have done most breeds by now, certainly the more popular ones and I really enjoy the challenge of getting the different breed characteristics down on paper.


dalmation,dog

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Clean Paws - Cat in coloured pencil

Just a small one this time, done for a show I will be doing next year. I wanted to get some smaller stuff together to sell at a reasonable price.

Pencils: Faber Castell Polys
Support: Derwent smooth watercolour paper.
Size: A5


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Finished Birch Glade

Finaly got it finished. I will hang it on my wall before deciding if I like it. Still not sure...maybe it will grow on me. I think the sunlight and shadows on the ground has worked well. I think on reflection I might darken the leaves a little, I feel it needs a little more ooomph.

Size 15" x 15"
Pencils: Faber Castell Polycromos and Derwent watersoluble pencils used as an underwash
Support: Cradled prepared MDF


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Birch Glade 2

I am now working on building up the tones and colours using dry coloured pencils. I have also made a couple of minor changes to the composition.




This is what the back of the cradled board looks like. I will be adding colour to the sides in due coarse, I haven't quite made up my mind what I will do yet.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Birchwood Glade

I don't usually post WIPs on my blog, but thought that this time I would.
I am really enjoying this particular style I have been doing recently using prepared board, I like the effect of the texture of the finished picture. This is a much faster method for coloured pencils and helps me to remain looser and not get bogged down in the detail.

After transferring my drawing onto the board I do a light colour wash using water soluble pencils as I don't want too much white showing through in the final picture. This is the stage this picture is at, at the moment. 

Next I will start on the dry coloured pencil.

Medium: Coloured pencil
Support: Cradled board
Size: 15"x15"


This picture shows the depth of the supporting frame, just under 2".



Showing the completed under painting using Derwent watersoluble coloured pencils. On the far left I have started to build up the strength of colour with Faber Castell Polychromos dry pencils.


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Border Collie in Graphite

This is Tilly who is a very sweet little Border Collie. I dontated a portrait as a prize to a local dog show and this little girl won 'Best in show'. This is her prize.

Graphite pencil on Mellotex paper
Size A4.


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Elephants in the Dust

A family of elephant wander across the dusty plains looking for water. 
My second one done on cradled board using Faber Castell coloured pencils. The texture is very obvious in the photo but it looks much better hanging on the wall. It is quite small, measuring 15" x 7". Now that I can buy these cradled  (boxed) boards here in the UK I will probably be doing more of them. I do like the unusual finish that the texture brings to coloured pencils, just something a little different.


Sunday, 27 April 2014

Alfie in coloured pencil

Sweet Alfie, a commission I have recently completed. He looks like he was a special chap, now passed over the Rainbow Bridge and is sadly missed by his family.
I have chosen coloured pencil for Alfie and decided to concentrate on him only and keep the background clean, which I think suits him. Sometimes, and I use gut instinct here, I think a pet will look better with a soft coloured background and other times I feel that a clean background serves the purpose better. I don't know what it is that steers me in one direction or the other, but it does seem to work if I just go with the flow.

Size: A4
Medium: Faber Castell Polychromos
Support: Fabrianno Artistico HP


Monday, 14 April 2014

Lovely Willow in pastels

Meet Willow, a very laid back Golden Retriever, well aren't they all? She wasn't bothered that she was supposed to be co-operating for her photo shoot, just lay down or came up to me for a cuddle and a kiss, and wasn't interested in showing her 'best side'. We finally managed to get some interest from her when the treats were brought out and at last I managed to get one or two suitable shots to work from. This is the result.

Medium: pastels, sticks and pencils.
Support: Fisher 400 sanded paper
Size: A3


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Dino -Black Cat in Coloured Pencil

This is a commission I have recently completed of Dino, a handsome black cat. As is often the case with black animals the photos were not very clear and as Dino has passed over the Rainbow Bridge, it was not possible to get any more taken, but I am happy with the end result and feel I have done him justice. I particularly like his bright eyes.

Medium: Prismacolour pencils
Support: Clairfontein Pastelmatt
Size: A4