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Bee Ink Art

The Magic Of Colour……. A while back I decided to start creating works using inks. I had a calligraphy set bought as a gift and, after realising I wasn’t very good at calligraphy, decided to use the inks for drawing. Why waste a good medium?! Colour Ink Art is quicker to create than the pastel or graphite pieces. I love working with pastels, but sometimes I want to work in a “freer” way than the pastels allow me. I want to do something a little different at times. They may…

Endangered Species: Mountain Gorilla 2

I sold the first of my Endangered species: Mountain Gorilla pieces December 2018 and decided another was needed. They are just such awesome creatures to draw, so expressive, plus, I’d had a great response to the 1st and felt it was right to do another. I plan to complete more Endangered Species portraits this year, in the hope of raising awareness of the wonderful animals of this planet that we are so close to losing. The image below is my reference photo from Pixabay. This is a great site for…

Values in art – What are they?

Art values & what are they? I was asked for my opinion on values, in relation to art, in the Create, Share, Develop group on my Facebook page  What are values and how do I, as an artist, use them? My understanding of values is related to shades, lights and darks, contrast of colours and how they blend with each other. Let’s talk of it, for the sake of this blog, from a graphite pencil point of view, so therefore, shades of grey. Nothing is ever just black and white in…

How It’s Made: Pastel Art – Giant Panda

Giant Panda created using pastels

How it’s made…. Giant Panda Pastel Art Since I’ve been getting into making my Ink Art videos, I thought it would be a nice idea to start showing my pastel art process too.  Giant Panda is my newest work to date (Jan 2018) and below is the video. The piece was already part way through because I hadn’t started the videos prior to the beginning of the artwork starting, but I didn’t think it would hurt showing the final stages. My Giant Panda pastel art has been a popular piece,…

How It’s Made – Animal Ink Art – Gorilla

Gorilla drawn in colour Ink and Ink Pen

Animal Ink Art Watch as I create my Gorilla ink art! In this video I create an A4 Animal Ink Art piece of Gorilla using Inchiostro Stilografico inks.  Borrowing a typical oil painting technique called wet on wet, where a wet layer (ink) is added to a wet layer (in this case water) already applied to the paper, I love how this makes the painting somewhat unpredictable and quite freehand. Now, these inks were bought for me by a dear friend for my birthday with the intention of them being used…

Pastel Art: I’ll see you on the other side

Completed Hand drawing

Pastel Art:  “I’ll see you on the other side” I’ve been wanting to work on this piece for a little while now but other things have got in the way.  With the Diploma now done and no more exhibitions for a little while, I took the opportunity to give it a try and see what would happen!  I thought this would make a good pastel art piece. This idea was born in October 2016.  I just so happened to sketch out an idea (see below) and thought, “Mmm, I like…

The Weald Country & Craft Show and Festival of Dogs

Gazebo at Weald Country Show, Festival of Dogs

A sneek peek snippet behind the scenes… The Weald Country & Craft Show and Festival of Dogs I would like to start by saying a HUGE “THANK YOU!” to family, friends, already-followers and new-followers-on-the-scene who managed to make it to The Weald Country & Craft Show and Festival of Dogs this Bank Holiday weekend! It was lovely to meet everyone and I thank you for showing your support, not just to me in my little gazebo, but also to the event as a whole. I managed to have a walk around…

Amur Leopard

Amur Leopard pastel pencil art

The handsome Amur Leopard. The Secretive Hunter The beautiful Amur Leopard.  Drawn here using Rembrandt and CarbOthello pastels on A3 Pastelmat paper. This piece took approximately 8 hours to complete and was a joy to draw! Although I drew him on a dark slate grey tinted paper, I still felt it needed more of a black background to really help those golden colours come through.  I mounted him with a darker coloured mount, and I feel this also helps the colours jump from this piece. I have been lucky enough t get…

WIN A PET PORTRAIT!

Fancy winning a portrait of your pet?  Then read on! I’m giving away, to one lucky winner, the chance to win an A4 head-shot portrait of their pet! Graphite or Pastel pencils, the choice is yours, but a portrait will be making it’s way to someone all the same…. To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize you must be a subscriber to my newsletter, where I will, at random, pick the lucky winner from the email addresses I have stored.  This will also put you on the list to…

Derwent Graphic Pencil Review 2

Changes to the ball to lighten it slightly.

So the last time I wrote about the Derwent Graphic pencil range was after completing my Lion drawing.  This time I have 2 pictures which I would like to talk about,  “Thomas” the cat and “Boxer with Toy“. Thomas is a commissioned pet portrait drawn on Daler Rowney Mixed Media paper.  Boxer with Toy is a piece for London Art College and I decided to use Arches Hot Pressed Paper for the first time. Both of these pieces are much darker in tone in comparison to the Lion so I used…

London Art College – Assignment 3

London Art College drawing "Boxer And Toy"

London Art College Assignment 3 Well it’s been a busy few months trying to complete all these drawings for the London Art College.  This assignment requires 5 pictures in total.  5?!  Damn!  That’s a lot to fit in seeing as I am trying to complete it in the year, mis-calculated how many months each assignment would take and had a commission to complete last month (and don’t forget the “proper job” in there somewhere too!) Nay worries though – I’m 4 of 5 pictures completed with the plan to get the…

Derwent Graphic Pencil Review

Final photo of the completed Lion drawing.

Me and Derwents Pencils….:) I’ve been given the fantastic opportunity through the London Art College to try out Derwents new Graphic Pencil range and how excited I am! The package dropped through the post and I couldn’t wait to start using them. First things first, whats in the package? Well I’m delighted to find 3 tins of 12 pencils, ranging from 9H to 9B. Just the pictures on the front are enough to inspire me! Giddy head and childish excitement aside I now had to think of what to do.…