I have spent so much time in hotels recently – away delivering training courses. Its been fab for catching up with commissions and for building up my wildlife art portfolio.
Anyway, this is Georgie my latest equine commission. The lighting isn’t spectacular as I was in a hotel room and the images were taken using an iPhone. Lesson learned for next time – take your camera Jilly!
This piece was great fun to do, not least of all because I got to spend the morning with a nest of foster kittens.
I got some great shots of them waking up and slowly revving up their little engines for mischief. I was able to select 3 shots that I thought captured some great expressions and decided on a large format pastel on velour.
I wanted to try and keep from resting my hand on work that I had already completed so I started from the left and completed each kitten as I progressed
Here I’ve started blocking in colour then adding detail with pencils as I work down the kitten’s body.
Here’s a closer look at the first kitten
I love his expression. He was watching his foster mum as she got his breakfast ready and he was so patient.
You can see from his dishevelled fur that he had just woken up.
So now I can start on the second kitten
Again I use the same technique of blocking in base colours with soft stick pastels, then working into the underlayer with layers of cross hatched fur. The important thing here is to always work in the direction of the fur growth.
Finally its the turn of the little yawning kitten who looks like she’s singing for her breakfast.
This was a great little project to do and when you start piecing together a bunch of reference images there are so many possibilities.
Here’s the finished piece.
Lastly a couple of shots showing the head detail for the second kitten and a little cameo piece that I isolated using Photodhop from the final print shot of the piece.
In the process of updating my website, I’ve been searching through my old step by steps and wanted to share a couple on here that were in my old blog. So for me this is a trip down memory lane, but you might not have seen these before.
OK so here’s the first starring my little helper…
Amber in a bag
She couldn’t help herself when she got into John’s photography studio with all those bags!
Obviously it was rude not to capture this great image of her rummaging through a reflector bag. Loved the look on her face… “What! You want me to stop chasing this imaginary mouse that I have in this bag?”
This was a little demo piece that I did at a cat show. Its pastel on velour done with soft pastel sticks for the base coats and blocking in major areas of colour, then Derwent pastel pencils for the next detail layers. Finally graphite to add the fine guard hairs to Amber’s fur.
I have just completed my Pet Portraiture Diploma with the London Art College and passed with a Distinction!
So ever the student, I enrolled on my next adventure – a Creative Arts (Hons) degree with the Open College of Art.
As part of the course students are required to keep a learning journal, so I have added new pages to this blog to act as that journal. You can follow my progress and see the outcome of my adventures on the Creative Arts Journey pages.
Part 1 is all about mark-making and has been great fun to explore. Since it was so in-depth there are several pages for you to browse.
Hope you find it as interest as I did and who knows you might be inspired to give it a go yourself.
I have been so busy with study, work and holidays that it’s been a while since I did a cat show, but that will all change next weekend (8/10/2011).
Well it feels like I’ve been offline for ages, but in fact it’s only 3 weeks. Amazing how you feel out of touch and to think that not so long ago we got on quite nicely without blogs and email and Facebook!
Anyway I’m back and here’s an update on my latest piece.
Panthro and Tigra
These two belong to Helena Rushbridge, or is it the other way around – I never know with cats. We certainly don’t own Amber, we’re just casual staff!
Anyway back to the plot:
Here is the gallery showing the development of the Panthro and Tigra piece from initial images through layout options to the finished piece.
We ran through a number of options before settling on one where they were sitting close, but not too close :0)
There’s a great shot half way through where Tigra’s half rendered stripes look like PJs, and I love the light falling on Panthro’s black fur.
This year I will be demonstrating and selling my artwork and taking commissions at the London Pet Show!
It’s a fantastic event for anyone who loves animals and it’s on at the National Hall, Olympia
7th & 8th May 2011
£1000 worth of prizes to be won for a mug shot of your mutt or moggy.
Magic radio 105.4 are running a photo competition called “Magic Pets” in conjunction with the London Pet Show and part of that £1000 worth of prizes is Jill Tisbury pet portrait vouchers to the tune of £275!
All you have to do is upload a cute picture of your pet to be in with a chance of winning, so get snapping and upload those pictures now!
Click here to visit the Magic Radio web site to upload a picture of your pet and have the chance to win!
Christmas seems a strange thing to be writing about at the moment,especially with the beautiful sunny mornings we’ve been having in my part of the world. Perhaps the frosted windscreens help to set the scene though
Anyway, I have made lots of progress with this piece, so I thought you’d want to see the update…
You’ll recall that the team at Haworth Cat Rescue asked if I would design their Christmas card for this year, so this is the progress story in pictures so far.
Check out this gallery to see the latest
A little bit about Haworth Cat Rescue
Haworth Cat Rescue finds loving homes for abandoned, suffering and unwanted cats through its no-kill rehoming centre. The independent cat homing charity based in West Yorkshire is overwhelmed with calls for help and has a six month waiting list. The region has few places for people to turn to for help and, as well as relying on public support for income, the charity is fundraising to build a permanent, significantly larger centre with 100 homing pens and feral cat sanctuary. The new centre will provide opportunities to run educational programmes in responsible pet care and an understanding of cats and their needs.
Please help Haworth Cat Rescue give more cats and kittens the shelter, care and second chance they need. What a difference every pound makes. Thank you.
See you in a couple of days when I hope to have a completed piece!