Eurasian Eagle-Owl

DSC05912.JPG My latest picture is of a Eurasian Eagle-Owl, birds are one of my favourite things to paint and I’m pretty happy with how this has turned out.

The reference photo came from pixabay, the paints used were Liquitex basics acrylic paints and surface painted on was a Fredrix medium textured canvas pad.

I really like how well the paints work for building up layers and doing glazes. Every section of this painted has multiple layers and glazes, even the background. Whilst painting it’s also really important to not just paint black and leave it as this can appear flat. To prevent this, another colour being glazed over it really helps to create more depth.

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Additionally, I also have this and a few other original paintings of mine for sale currently. Please check them out 🙂 here

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Heron Acrylic painting

cropped heron

My latest completed painting is this Heron, he was painted on a Fredrix canvas pad with Liquitex basics acrylics. It was painted from a reference photo that I took at London Zoo. There are lots of Herons at London zoo and I saw many in different enclosures, this particular one was taken whilst he was in with the Otters, he was much easier to take a decent shot of than the otters who didn’t want to look up as they were too busy eating!

This painting measures 20×20 cm on a 22.9×30.5 medium texture fredrix canvas.

Prints are for sale through fine art america https://fineartamerica.com/featured/heron-painting-isabel-proffit.html?newartwork=true 

I have also recently started listing some of my originals for sale through ebay.

You can keep up to date with whatever I’m working on through the following social media. I’m currently working on a picture of a Gyr falcon, for it I’m working from a reference photo I took at a local farm open day where Hawkeye Fanconry UK were showing their birds.

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A Christmas Watercolour

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I usually try to complete one bit of artwork in some way on Christmas Day. This year, I gave painting this Princettia a go.  It was painted from my own reference photo, and painted on Winsor & Newton water colour A5 cold pressed paper with Winsor & Newton cotman watercolours.

If I were to paint this again, I would do quite a bit differently, try to get more detail in there and also try to make the shapes look a lot more defined.

On a slightly different note…  Happy Christmas from the Chickens 🙂

Blue Eagle

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I felt like doing something a little different and I’d had this idea in my mind for a little while, so I turned a Bald Eagle into a Blue Eagle. The reference photo I used was http://pmp-art.com/angeline-rijkeboer/gallery/157941/bald-eagle

This was done in the same way most of my pictures lately have been, using both Polychromos and Luminance coloured pencils and blending using Gamsol (which is a paint thinner), and was created on  Daler Rowney Aquafine hot pressed 140lb watercolour paper. I like using this paper because it’s nice and solid, allows a decent amount of layers, doesn’t seem to buckle at all under water or paint thinner, and also adds a bit of texture because it’s not completely smooth, which works out pretty well when drawing animals I think.

 

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Watercolour pencil little bird

Watercolour pencil bird picture

I started this last night and finished it today,  one of the best and worst things about being slightly nocturnal, all the best ideas and the inspiration to do things comes at silly times of night.

Products used

  • Derwent watercolour pencils
  • Derwent A5 watercolour paper 140lbs
  • A Derwent number 1 aquabrush

I got the reference photo for this little guy off of morguefile. I began by drawing out the branch with a watercolour pencil, using number 61 which is Copper Beech,  I used this as it’s a mid range between the darker and lighter colours I would be using on the branch. I then placed in the outline for the bird using number 39 Turquoise Blue. Once I’d done that and was happy it was looking accurate, I began to block in the colours of brown for the branch.  I used several different shades and overlapped a lot of them to aid with them mixing once I added the water, once I was happy that it looked like a reasonably realistic branch (I obviously wasn’t going for total realistic detail with this one)  I used one of my aqua brushes to blend the browns together, being careful not to overwork any of the areas as the colour moves a little too much and risks losing some of the values and shades when that happens.

After I’d finished the branch I started adding the colour to the bird, I used greys, white and blues, including the one I did the outline with to do the majority of the birds colours,  I also used raw sienna and burnt sienna for the orange sections of the feathers,  then using my aqua brush I blended the colours together. Making sure that the brush strokes went in the same directions as the feathers. Once it’d had dried I then picked out highlights and darkened some areas by using my brush to directly take colour from the selected pencils to get finer detail.

When I was done with the bird I went through my background adding various greens, and blues including the ones used on the bird, overlapping several areas, I also added a brown in there to create the look of possible trees.  Then I just used my aqua brush on it, making sure the brush strokes didn’t all go in the same way.  I was going for more of a blurry look with the background to help make the bird and the branch stand out.

One of the reasons I love watercolour pencils so much is the ability to create quick projects with them.

 

Happy Frogs

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Just a random little happy frog doodle.  Coloured in using a mix of Letraset Promarkers and a grey and a pink copic marker (Cool Grey No. 3 and R02 to be specific) .

This was just a fun little thing to doodle, I first drew it out in my sketchbook and then found that the markers don’t look so good on that, so copied it onto some marker paper and coloured it in there.

I’m currently working on doodling some hedgehogs, so hopefully some of that will make it’s way onto here soon 🙂

 

Deviant art link – http://isabelproffitart.deviantart.com/art/Finished-happy-frog-picture-588302908

Alfie and a kitten – sort of commissions

Now these are both done partly due to my mother knowing people who would like them done and partly just because I’m always trying to improve my skills and it does help having some direction to focus it in.

The one of the Kitten was done for a friend of hers who said she wanted anything with cats.  I got the picture from Morguefile and tried my best to draw it accurately, which considering my usual cats tend to looks like aliens of some sort, I was quite happy with this.  The sketching was done with my mechanical pencils and then the colour was added with my Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache. I seem to have taken a liking to adding bold colours like red to things recently.  kitten better scan

 

The dog picture is of a dog called Alfie who belongs to a friend of my mothers,  I’m not sure what breed exactly this dog is but it’s some kind of cross breed and the photo I was working from wasn’t brilliant so it made this a nice little challenge.  The sketching for this was also done with my mechanical pencil.  Both pictures were drawn on  Aquafine smooth watercolour Aquarelle 140lb paper from Daler – Rowney.  I really like the smooth surface of this paper.

alfie