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 had booked this workshop last year, Nov 2013 and had to wait until May 19th 2014. How excited was I when we finally arrived in May 🙂
Although I was getting to grips with my airbrush, I had lots of questions and lots of areas where I was convince my technique could be better.
As a qualified trainer, I know the value of workshops like these. Sometime even just the one little tip can make it all worthwhile and in this workshop I picked up so much..
Enough waffle – here’s the step by step…
Hope you enjoyed the step by step. The image is not quite completed, I will eventually get around to adding the very last details with watercolour pencils and maybe darken a couple of areas in the background.
I need to finish the trike paniers that I’m working on first, so hopefully you will see those finished in the next update.
We just had new carpets fitted upstairs right in the middle of me getting work ready for The Painted Cat exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery in Waterloo – Glutten for punishment!
Anyway, all went well and work was submitted on time plus I now have a lovely tidy art studio. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years. You only realise that when you have to move it out for new carpets!
Anyway here are the step x step images for one of my latest wildlife works:
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.
Well February is nearly done and that means I’m another year older!
Thought you’d like to see what I’ve been up to.
You might recall that I am working towards a Pet Portraiture Diploma with the London Art College…well this is the last piece that makes up my penultimate set of work. the brief was to create an artwork with an animal in surroundings that portrays it’s personality.
Now I didn’t think I was into animals in clothes, but I have to say I loved doing this piece.
It all started when I went to the supermarket to do the shopping. I was in the drinks isle and I saw a wierd looking bottle. Anyone who knows me would tell you that I’m a marketing mans dream. If it’s in a lovely box or an interesting shaped bottle then it’s in my basket! Simple as.
So take a look at what that little bottle sparked off..
Hope you enjoyed the journey…next time I’ll be starting on a design for a Christmas Card for a pet rescue centre…
My sister-in-law had the last of her hand operations on Wednesday and I took her to the hospital. Those of you who have ever experienced this will know that it involves a lot of waiting around, not least of all while the patient is in surgery. So it was rude not to take my work with me…
There was I sitting in the plastic surgery unit with William; the lighting was fantastic and I made lots of progress!
Today we are with some great friends at their beautiful home which they have re-developed. John is in his element doing a photo-shoot and I have had a wonderful relaxing afternoon drinking wine, catching up and putting the finishing touches to William.
Have a look at the results here…
…starting an oil piece ‘Her majesty, Queen Amber’ and developing the sketch for a Christmas card for the Haworth Cast rescue organisation.
You can see from the gallery that I’ve got to the first level of detail on the second image. Once I’ve finished the third image I will add more detail to the whole picture and the final tweaks of contrast.
Hopefully we will have a finished piece by the end of the week!
I will be delivering it to Tracey and Steve on Sunday,so I can’t wait for them to see it.
It will be interesting to know what the subjects make of it. My Brit Blue, Amber went around the back of it when I showed her, to see where the cats were…;0) Bless.
So it’s a short blog today – just wanted to show the finished article – I have a busy weekend of filming this weekend.
My husband, John, is a photographer and we are filming his new range of photography videos in the studio, so I’m off to create the autocue and shoot list now!
The things I do…
Have a great weekend all – next blog will see the start of the siamese kittens. But don’t despair if you’re a Bengal lover as Spirit will be back in a couple of weeks in a painting all of his own ready for the Supreme Cat show at the NEC!