Crested Duck painting

We have 6 ducks and yesterday I decided to paint our crested drake.

We’ve only recently got this pair and haven’t even named them yet, but he’s already been painted. I’ve been organised and already uploaded the speed paint video for this and prints are available at Fine art America  and Society6. I’ll get round to uploading my Peacock painting on there shortly. Those that follow me on instagram will have seen that painting.

He was painted using winsor and newton gouache, I’m becoming quite a fan on this stuff and was completed on A4 Daler Rowney mixed media paper. I like how this paper handles things pretty well without warping too much. It’s also the paper that I’m using for my inktober pictures and it’s really nice not having to worry about the ink bleeding through into the page below.

 

Heron Acrylic painting

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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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Macaw in Coloured pencil

After many distractions, I’m happy to say yesterday I finally called this finished.

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Completed on Frabriano Artistico watercolour paper that I cut down to A4 size. I used as usual a mix of Luminance and Polychromos coloured pencils to complete this, along with using Gamsol for blending. The reference photo came from Pixabay.

Prints are for sale at Fine Art America Photography Prints

Spaniel in Graphite

Well I think it’s a Spaniel, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong!  🙂

My reference photo came from pixabay. It was originally in colour, which I changed to black and white to make doing a graphite picture easier.

To try and make sure my initial drawing was as accurate as possible, I used the grid method as I did in my last picture. I think I still need to improve on making sure a few of the details were in the right place, but overall I’m rather happy with how this has come out.

This is the first picture I’ve completed with the Faber-Castell 9000 graphite pencils and I’m really liking them so far. This picture had lots of layers put on it and the pencils blended really well. I’d definitely recommend these pencils.

I also used a different paper for this piece, I used A4 Bristol Board 280gm.  I really liked how smooth and sturdy this paper felt.

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Prints are available at Fine Art America

 

Graphite – German Shepherd

German Shepherd graphite picture, finally completed 🙂

So, it’s finally finished 😀

I’ve had regular updates of this little gem going up on my facebook page since I started working on it, and I’m very pleased to say I’ve finally decided I’m done with it.

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I started working on this on the 15th of December and was hoping to have it done by Christmas, only a little over a week over schedule and I completed it yesterday.  To be fair it did have to compete for my attention, and somehow Chickens tend to win my attention a little easier.

This was a fun piece to complete. I was going for as much realism as possible with this and used the grid method to try and make sure everything was in the right place.  I tend to just try and free hand things entirely, but that doesn’t always help with learning, and can often create the sense of never being able to draw something right.  The grid method helps to break things down square at a time.

I used my Royal & Langnickel graphite pencils to complete this. I like these pencils so far, although haven’t really had much to compare them to.  I recently brought the Faber-Castell 9000 graphite pencils set, and can’t wait to try them out.

The paper I used was the one I most commonly use as I like it’s smooth finish and the level of detail possible to achieve – The Daler Rowney Hotpressed aquafine smooth watercolour  140lb A4 paper.

The reference photo came from pixabay.

Now off to find someone with one of these impressive looking dogs to make a fuss of before I get distracted by something else.

Prints of this are available on Fine Art America

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/graphite-german-shepherd-isabel-proffit.html

Just a Doodle

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I’d had the idea floating round in my mind for this design for some time, stuck in there with all those other ideas that are all fighting to become reality. I wanted something reasonably quick to complete after the eagle picture, so I decided to attempt to get this done.  Drawing out the lettering and colouring them in really reminded me of my old graphics classes and how much I both loved and hated typography.   This was drawn on my Daler Rowney A4 65lb Sketch paper, using Staedtler pigment liners.

 

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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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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

Scrawlr Challenge #1

So before Christmas I decided I’d be proactive in keeping myself busy and I’d just learnt about Scrawlr boxes so figured it’s a good way to make sure I have at least something new to keep me occupied each month.   So the January one is my first,  it’s certainly exciting getting a delivery of random art stuff and it’s good to try out things I wouldn’t necessarily have heard of or brought.

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I love the fact that there’s a nice variety of things in the box that will come in useful for other things too, and they also thought to include an extra treat (and it was a rather nice lolly 😛 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The featured art work,  which I think is great that it both inspires to do something maybe a bit different and also gives exposure to an artist who may not necessarily get it.

This months featured artist was someone who goes by the name IGotTheDoodlesIMG_2624

This was the Scrawlr challenge,  not my normal style and quite different, but I certainly gave it a shot…

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IMG_2626  This was my little random squiggle (that hopefully you can just about see) which then turned into …

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So the finished thing ended up looking like this after the colour was added.  I may have gone a little over board with the colour, but that’s just one of the things you realise after you’ve done it sometimes.  scrawlr challenge 1

So it’s definitely abstract I think, not sure if I like it, but it was fun to do.

The things I learnt or remembered whilst doing this…

  • Colour in moderation is sometimes best, especially with pens.
  • These particular pens – the Faber-Castell grip colour markers, aren’t ones I’d probably go out of my way to get, they are good for very small areas and bits you won’t really go back over, but the effect when you go back over an area isn’t too great,  they may be better on marker paper so I’ll probably test that out at some point.
  • Trying to work out what to put in random shapes is fun but tricky.

So all in all I’m glad I’ve subscribed.  It gives me something extra to do and who doesn’t want random art supplies to try out.  Now I’m excited for the February box. 🙂 And hopefully I’ll have a lot of other things to post between now and when I get that.