Gorilla wildlife art painting

I’ve finished the gorilla painting last week and here is the final result. The intense stare gives the gorilla a great expression. The painting is in acrylic on canvas, the size of canvas is 12″ x 16″ (30cm x 40cm). Up next is more card designs and another wildlife.

Gorilla wildlife art
Gorilla wildlife painting in acrylic

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Shih Tzu Dog Portrait

Ted’s pencil portrait is now finished. I really enjoyed the process, he seems like a very cute character. I love the way his curly fur flows in every possible direction. I tried to make the dark areas as dark as possible to differentiate between the white and black shades of his fur. I used a HB pencil as a base throughout and worked with a softer pencil on top of that for dark areas. For blackness I used a 4B and 5B graphite. The Fabriano paper really worked well for me with this one. I think I’m getting used to it now. It seems to soak up the pencil and it will be much more durable than a smooth cartridge I used to use. The portrait has now been collected by the client in time for Christmas. I hope Ted’s owner will be happy with it.

This is my last post before Christmas, so Happy Christmas everybody. I already have projects lined up for the New Year including finishing off the gorilla painting which got pushed off because of other projects.

Shih Tzu dog portrait in pencil
Ted's portrait in pencil - final scan

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Shih Tzu Portrait in progress

I’ve been working on this adorable Shih Tzu portrait in pencil for the last couple of days. His name is Ted and it is a comission from a client in Ireland. He is such a cute character and I am trying to translate this with graphite pencil on paper. The size is 8″ x 10″ and I am using Daler Rowney artists graphic pencils on Fabriano paper. I am hoping to have the portrait finished tomorow just in time for Christmas as this is a Christmas gift for the client’s friend.

The images are photographs and so are quite dark. The final image will be a scan and so will look very much like the original drawing.

Shih tzu pencil portrait on paper
Ted's portrait in progress - step 4
Shih tzu pencil portrait in progress
Ted's portrait in progress - step 3
Shih tzu portrait in pencil
Ted's portrait in progress - step 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shih tzu pencil portrait in progress
Ted's portrait in progress - step 1

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Cards

I was asked to produce some Christmas card designs for a new online greeting cards company called MangoSalute. The decision was to produce fine art winter landscape paintings. Both paintings are in acrylic on paper to the size of 210mm x 297mm (A4). They will be both available as part of a Facebook greeting card application, so log in there and send some greetings! Happy Christmas all!

winter landscape painting as christmas card design

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Finished dog portraits – Pug

I finished Butter’s portrait today. I used graphite pencil for this, starting with a HB and finishing off with a 4B for dark areas and shadows. The background was left a little lighter to help the main subject – Butter – pop off the page. I added a horizon line which wasn’t in the reference photograph, to deepen the perspective and create a greater depth to the overall drawing. I think that worked quite well. I will add this portrait to the main gallery page soon with a detailed zoomed-in image.

Dog portrait in pencil of pug
Butter's final portrait

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Pug portrait in progress

I have progressed on the pencil drawing today finishing off Butter’s body. Progress image 3 is below. I will be adding some grass in the background, shadows on the ground and Butter’s body later on.

So far I have used a HB pencil. I will be moving on to 4B for added darkness.

dog portraits in pencil -  pug portrait in progress 3
Butter's portrait in progress 3

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Pug portrait in pencil

This is a new commission from a client in Ireland. It is a pencil drawing of a very cute pug called Butter. The client tells me he is a very happy little dog and walks around proudly and determined. I’m trying to show that in his portrait. The original photograph is quite dark so I am trying to lighten it all a little bit to show the folds of the skin and shiny fur. I have other reference photographs which helps a lot. I will be darkening all of it a little at a later stage when the background is finished.

The portrait is 8″ x 12″ in size. Below are two progress images and I will be finishing on this portrait in a couple of days so check back soon for updates.

Dog portrait in pencil - pug - dog portraits in progress
Butter's portrait in progress 2
Dog portraits in pencil - pug
Butter's portrait in progress 1

 

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Gorilla Wildlife Art in Progress

I added more detail to the gorilla’s face and eyes together with the background and some fur to the side. I am really enjoying this painting process. Wildlife is so precious, especially endangered species like the gorillas, such a majestic and beautiful creature.

I am applying acrylic paint in thin washes here. This gives the painting more depth and I can play with colours, using complimentary ones underneath. I will work on the nose and mouth next together with the rest of the fur.

Gorilla wildlife art
Gorilla painting - step 3

 

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Gorilla Wildlife Painting in Progress

The second step of gorilla wildlife painting. I applied a thin acrylic wash to create an underpainting. I wanted to be sure to mark in the shadows and highlights correctly. It has worked out quite well and I think it’s a good way of working. It is good to see the whole image before final detail is added. I think this gorilla is a great start for me in wildlife art. I will add more detail later on this week and post it then.

gorilla wildlife art in acrylic
Gorilla painting in progress - step 2

 

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Gorilla Wildlife Painting in Progress

This is my first wildlife painting – gorilla. I started it with a pencil sketch a while ago and didn’t return to it until today. It’s a fantastic pose for this monumental beast. He (I presume it is he) looks so majestic and powerful I had to put him down on canvas. I am using acrylic paints for this. This is the first step – a pencil sketch. I made sure to spend a bit of time on the sketch as I wanted to get the proportions right. The next step is a thin wash that I will apply throughout the canvas to block off shadows and highlights.
gorilla painting - wildlife art
Gorilla - step 1

 

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