Every year I set out to be ready with artwork for the plethora of competitions that seem to all kick off at the beginning of the year. In reality only the advertising kicks off, but its enough to send me scurrying to my easel with a head full of ideas.
….and you guessed it every year I am painting like a maniac to make sure I have new work to show.
So here’s one I’ve just finished…
I love Tigers, well I love all cats really, but Tigers are so colourful and look so regal. This is from one of my own reference shots and not only is it a competition piece, but its the subject matter for my latest pastel workshop.
If you like the look of this chap and fancy learning how to re-create his likeness in pastel on velour, there are still workshop spaces available – but only 3 for 4th April.
For other dates click here to check the workshops page on the main website.
Pastels not your thing?….try airbrushing
There are not many courses available in the UK where Wildlife art is taught, so I decided to create my own. It’s not as complex as you might think – like anything, just takes a little practise to get to grips with a new tool.
If you fancy a taster session watch this space, the course outline will be available in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime email me if you are interested.
Next competition piece is under way
So to give you a flavour of what you can do with an airbrush, here’s the start of the next competition piece. This is sadly not my reference, but was downloaded from the Wildlife Reference Photos for Artists site – a fab ref library for any artist.
It’s a beautiful shot from the very talented photographer Emanuel Keller.
Anyway progress so far looks like this:
The piece is approx17.5″ x 11″, acrylic on canvas.
I tape the canvas to the drawing board and transfer my sketch using red graphite paper which is less prone to smudging.
Next I mask the Snow leopard using frisket mask so that I can concentrate on the background without worrying about keeping the main subject clean.
I gradually build up layers of texture and colour to create the rock face. At this point I’m about ready to leave the rock face and start on the Snow Leopard.
Join me next time for more progress.