25-05-21 – Australian Sheppard Dog WIP

25-05-21 – Australian Sheppard Dog WIP

Its been a while since my last upload, as I’ve been rather busy, in a bit of a creative funk for a while and also having to deal with a shoulder injury that hampered my ability to draw for any length of time. BUT, I’m back and (almost) fighting fit. So what better time to give a new (to me) paper to a go? This is Toned Tan Mixed Media…

“Species of British Tits”

“Species of British Tits”

If there’s one thing I really like about Spring (other than the warmer, dryer weather, sunshine and the flowers waking up after winter), its the proliferation of birds that I see when I’m out and about or in the garden. I’ve been doing a lot of small sketch pieces based off of the various birds that I see day to day, with some birds being more commonly seen than others…

“Tawny Owl”

“Tawny Owl”

After quite a long time working on this one, applying finishing touches, tidying up and making it as a good a piece of work as I could, its finally finished! This one was a long time in the coming, but I’m really happy with how its come out. There’s so much colour, tone and detail in there that it was a bit of a headache at times to create it,…

08-02-21 – Tawny Owl WIP

08-02-21 – Tawny Owl WIP

I’ve been rather busy last week, but I’ve also been working away on this one in between – to the point where now the entire owl has been worked up into a more finished state. Huzzah! There are a few areas that will need to be buffed about here and there as is always the case, and I can see areas that will need to be lightly glazed and burnished…

29-01-21 – Tawny Owl WIP

29-01-21 – Tawny Owl WIP

I had a very busy end of 2020 with a set of commissions and then Christmas. In the New Year I wasn’t feeling inclined to pick this one up again as I fancied a change of pace so I was having a bit of a play with other mediums instead for a while. This break of pace was a welcomed refresh, as I was soon up and running and keen…

“Sam”

“Sam”

The portrait of this much beloved and sorely missed scamp Sam is now finished and ready to be sent off to the client. Sam was a happy dog that I had the privilege of meeting a couple of times, and he was always a very bouncy happy boy indeed. With his bright eyes and long lolling tongue, he would effortlessly capture the hearts of anyone who he met. It was…

16-11-20 – Sam WIP

16-11-20 – Sam WIP

This handsome chap is alas no longer with us, and I’ve been commissioned to create two portraits of him. This one is the first one with a tighter deadline, the other being a larger piece for Christmas. At this point I’ve just mapped out the entire piece, and there are a few areas that need a bit of attention before I blend and work it up towards finishing. Notably I’d…

10-11-20 – Tawny Owl WIP

10-11-20 – Tawny Owl WIP

I’ve been continuing on with this project, and as you can see I’ve been gradually working down the left side of the bird to fill out the wing. The variety of tones and subtle textures within this area alone is quite intense, required several different colours and blending them together. This makes it a very labour intensive piece to work on, but I’m happy with the effect that I’m achieving.…

04-11-20 – Tawny Owl WIP

04-11-20 – Tawny Owl WIP

Its been a while sinse I updated this one as I’ve been enjoying some time off with my partner over the half term. But not that the schools are back in (for now at least!) I’ve been back on it. As you can see, I’ve been making some progress over the face and head area. The depth of the feathers and that incredibly dense texture is a challenge to work…

20-10-20 – Tawny Owl WIP

20-10-20 – Tawny Owl WIP

I’ve been steadily working on this one as you can see, but the progress has been incremental rather than huge strides. Piece by piece is how such things are completed however, and I’d rather gradually build a piece up and do it right than not. The whole composition is in now, the whole owl and the perch too. There’s so many subtle colours and details in this one that its…