Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tuxedo Cat in Coloured Pencil and Acrylic

ACEO size 2.5 x 3.5

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A small one today done in coloured pencil and acrylic on Stonehenge paper. I really enjoyed working on something small and uncomplicated for a change.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Two Ragdoll Kittens in Coloured Pencil and Acrylic

'Cuddled Up'

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This is 6 x 4 inches, coloured pencil and acrylic on cream stonehenge paper.

I need to decide what I'm going to submit for the Society of Feline Artists exhibition this year. I've never painted Ragdoll cats before( I did start one on pastelbord but it remains a work in progress) and I have a nice image I want to use, so I decided to do a small piece to work out the colours.

I used a piece of cream Stonehenge paper that I'd been sent to try. I'm not a big fan of Stonehenge as I find it a little bit too soft but this time I really enjoyed using it. I did quite a lot of blending with French Grey and Peach Beige Prismacolor pencils and the paper behaved perfectly. I also added acrylic highlights and again found the paper worked well. I was going to do the full size piece on Arches watercolour paper but I think I might use the Stonehenge again.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Amur Tiger - Part 2

I'm slowly but surely working on my second Amur tiger. There isn't quite so much contrast in real life but at least you can see the progress.
I can't quite work out the fur direction/light on his nose so it's incomplete until inspiration strikes, or I run out of other areas to work on!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Featured Print - Siberian Husky

"Siberian Spirit"
Limited Edition Giclee Print Image Size 6 x 8 inches

You will notice that I am changing 'Print of the Week' to 'Featured Print' so that I can leave the print available for longer than a week without feeling I should be changing it.
This featured print has been taken from an original graphite drawing of a Siberian Husky.
The print has been professionally produced on Hahnemuhle German Etching Fine Art paper using Epson archival ink.
It is limited to 350 prints worldwide.
It will be mounted/matted in white and the mounted size is 10 x 12 inches.
I will sign and number each print and it will be sent direct from me.
The usual retail price of this print is £18.00 while it is 'featured' it is available for £10.00
I have included a Paypal button in the sidebar for you to purchase this print or you can contact me direct if you prefer:-

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cat on Drafting Film

'In Deep'
Acrylic and Coloured Pencil on drafting film, approx 7.75 x 6 inches
The new tiger is making slow progress because I'm having trouble with my shoulder. This makes standing at my easel for long periods with my arm raised rather painful.
So I revisited drafting film and used coloured pencil and acrylic. I haven't used drafting film for a while and found the process enjoyable.
But tomorrow I need to get back to the tiger.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Another Amur ( Siberian) Tiger in Pastel

I've started another pastel of an Amur Tiger.
I took the photograph earlier this year at the Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland.
I'm using a mixture of soft pastels and pastel pencils on Fisher paper, the size is approximately 24 x 20 inches.
I'm beginning to dislike the CarbOthello pencils made by Stabilo because I'm having real difficulty sharpening them. No matter how carefully I handle them some of the colours break really easily. White is the main culprit followed by the cream colour which is a shame as I do like the way they work with the Fisher paper.
As far as sharpening is concerned I'm finding the Pitt pastel pencils far easier to work with.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Pastel Tiger Completed

"Bad Fur Day"
20 x 16 inches, pastel on Fisher paper.

Although the tiger was completed without any issues, getting a colour corrected image was incredibly difficult. This was due to both my desktop and laptop computers dying at more or less the same time.
I had an old edition of Photoshop running on the desktop so when that computer ceased to function I wasn't too worried as I have the full CS4 suite running on my Mac Pro Book.
I decided I couldn't justify the expense of buying the windows version for my desktop and I would manage with Photoshop Elements.
So my son went ahead and rebuilt my computer. Within hours of wiping the hard drive my laptop got stuck in an update sequence and of course I couldn't find the system disc to reboot.
So I am currently waiting for new discs to be shipped to me so that my son can (hopefully) repair the laptop.
I needed an accurate image of the tiger because I wanted to submit it on line to a competition.
I couldn't scan because it was far to big for the scanner so I had to photograph it. The light was so poor the resulting image needed correcting which I found incredibly difficult using Elements. I need to add that the version of Elements I had is really, really old, I'm sure the newer versions are far better to use.
I did manage but what would have been a small tweak in Photoshop became a huge task.
Fingers crossed that my laptop is soon operational.