….seems to be a theme right now! However, I had one to do of a little one that I wanted to also deliver whilst on my holiday. Although, he has grown up a little since the reference photo was taken, I wanted to draw him before he grew up too much more:
Again this one was pastels on pastelmat.
I completed some more of the Sketchbook project before I went off on another trip:
I quite enjoy the research to go with the images. The next pages followed a trip to the Wyre Forest:
It is probably time to do some more now. I do have plenty of material and idea’s for art too. However, I do need to catch up on the washing a little first…………….
Posted by Chrissy Marie on June 28, 2012
I haven’t done any crafting for ages but, recently I took a trip to a local garden centre and saw a sign for the garden that I really loved. It provided me with the inspiration to have a go at something similar for our own garden. Of course I didn’t make it the same, it was made from copper and besides it is always nice to be a little inventive and make something that has your own stamp on it. Andy very kindly supplied me with a scrap piece of sheet aluminium which can be cut with a pair of sturdy scissors. I used that to give strength to the form. I downloaded a colouring project for kids butterfly template I then cut up various bits of paper and stuck, stamped and embellished. Tim Holtz distress stamping pads were duly dragged out of the draw for the first time in a while. I used an old bracelet that was originally from a car boot for the chain and left the little charms on it because they looked so pretty.
Lots of odd beads from my stash were added via some necklace wire and ear-ring posts.
Anyway, this was the end result…..now all I need to do is find some kind of waterproof coating. It is presently hanging in the conservatory until I can find a cost-effective method.
Art wise, I have spent some time undertaking a person portrait for a change. They do take me a while, the accuracy has to be very great so consequently the initial drawing takes me longer and I tend to spend a while making tiny, tiny adjustments. This was one for a man we know, who has the nickname of Elvis ~ I wonder why?
As a consequence, I now have another request which is currently on the drawing board. She is female and blonde, so a direct in contrast. An obscure fact about my portraits is that I get though two 3 way sharpeners for every one I do! You all really wanted to know that didn’t you?
If anyone has any ideas for recycling, do let me know. It seems a shame that I throw so many away. They are fine for normal pencils afterwards but once they lose that initial edge, they are useless for pastels!
Otherwise, I have been busy working away in the garden painting out there too ~ sadly it was the garden decking and furniture with staining oil! But, it is beginning to look quite cared for out there now. If it ever stops raining, it will be nice to get out there and do some art.
We have been out and about among the downpours and Spring is definitely in the air, if a little on the chilly side. Although, in the south the insects have been early this year, the emergence of ours all seem later than the last couple of years.
Meanwhile, I was kept quite busy this week over on my photography blog ….but, that is a different story. If you have made it here from over there, my apologies if I haven’t got around to visiting you yet…I am working my way through steadily
So with thoughts of Spring (not mentioning mint sauce at all), have a great week everyone.
Posted by Chrissy Marie on April 25, 2012
For this post, I though I would post up a step by step guide of how I complete a pet portrait. I very rarely manage to take photo’s of the process all the way through but, Andy pointed out that people often like to know how a piece of art comes about.This is Holly, a labrador and I used a photo reference from Paint my Photo.
Initially I start with a drawing putting in as much detail as I can until I am happy with the overall look.
Being right-handed, I always start on the left uppermost corner. Using any kind of medium in black and I will inevitably smudge it if I don’t work systematically ~ as it is invariably I end up looking somewhat sooty I use little strokes in pastel in the same direction as the fur making sure that I leave in the highlights where the fur catches the light.
I continue working across and downwards mainly just in black pastel until I get to the eye. When I am detailing the eyes, I always put in the white light highlights initially and then a layer of yellow. Whilst this initially looks quite odd, it builds some depth into the eye.
I will then input the pupil and start adding colours to the iris, fanning out from the pupil like a star.
For the next stage I continue with the fur and also turn my attention to the nose. The top of a dog’s nose catches the light but it is usually textured so to provide this texture I cover the top of the nose in small white dots.
It is at this stage that I will introduce a little more colour, in this case Holly has a certain peachy colour around the nose area in particular. When I feel happy, I will then use a Q tip and gently blend my strokes. As I build the tones around the nose, attention is paid to those areas that are dark like the nostrils and ensuring that I get the shape of them accurate. It is small features like this that really do determine the animal. If you look at several Labrador’s, I can almost guarantee that they will not look the same. A lot like people really!
I continue in the same manner as previously being careful to adjust little things as I go but also not too much. Seeing half an animal can skew the perspective and I am always glad to get in the second eye so I see the whole thing coming together.
Finally the finished piece!
Posted by Chrissy Marie on April 17, 2012
It has been a while since my last update. I have been busy with a whole bunch of things, trying to reclaim the garden area being top of the list. I finished work two weeks ago and don’t seem to have stopped since. When I have got a bit further ahead, I will post up a progress report…
This piece of art was a recent commission. Toby is a Collie cross German Shepherd with a great expression. I decided to simply use pastels for this one ~ because he has a lovely soft look, I thought pastels would work well for him.
Posted by Chrissy Marie on April 7, 2012
After finishing various commissions shortly before Christmas, I continued with the wildlife theme and produced a body of work along a theme. They were all in mixed media, a combination of both coloured pencils and pastels.
I started with some big cats because I love to capture both the eyes and expression.
However, I also chose some subjects that can be found in the UK.
Meanwhile, I am also working on a set of bird images together with some pet portraits of course. However, I like to swap my subjects around a little bit, that way I think you avoid getting repetitive and it stops the boredom factor creeping in!
Posted by Chrissy Marie on February 12, 2012
This one was recently completed in Pastels:
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