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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Greeting cards designs

Here are some greeting card designs I worked on during the week. They were developed for cardsmonster.com, a start-up online ordering greeting card company based in the UK. They will hopefully be available soon on their website. You can customize them, place and order and cards are delivered to you. I painted these with acrylics on acrylic paper.

christmas greeting card designsnowy landscape design for greeting cards

 

 

 

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Final scan of Grandmother portrait in graphite pencil

The Grandmother portrait is now finished. I have scanned it and I will add it to the gallery page very soon. It was hard work with all the detail especially of the skin and hair. I enjoyed every minute of it, wrinkles are so intricate and interesting. It changed the way I’m looking at age. It’s a great achievement to reach that old age and look so distinguished (in a very positive sense). Wrinkles add beauty and importance. Can you imagine the amount of experience you will have by the time you are of a certain age? That is where the beauty lies and we need to start looking at ageing as a positive change in life not a hindrance.

A few technical notes: A HB pencil was used throughout with the help of 2B and 4B pencils for darker areas and shadows. Erasers or blending tools were not used in this process. It took approximately 25 hours to complete this work. Reference photograph for this work is by ryzlak. The original drawing will be for sale on this site, just have a look in the original artwork section in Gallery. Prints and greeting cards are available from Fine Art America. For any questions, contact me here by posting a comment or through our contact page. I am looking forward to your comments.

And it’s onto the next one for me!

Grandmother portrait in graphite pencil

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Grandmother – in progress

I have been away for a while and didn’t get a chance to carry on with this one. I’m back though, rested and ready to start working. I worked on the hair today, which is very tedious. I prefer to draw in all the detail rather than rub back afterwards so it takes a little longer. I just don’t like the way drawings look when rubbed back. The same goes for smudging the background. I must say I love to see the pencil strokes, I think smudged backgrounds just make the drawing look unprofessional and heavy. But I guess everybody is different and has different preferences. I’m hoping to have this one done in a few days and then I’m onto two wildlife canvases in acrylic which is going to be very exciting since it’s my first wildlife to paint.

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Grandmother Portrait in Progress

This is a new family portrait I’ve been working on last week. I have spent 12 hours on this portrait of a grandmother so far. It is a part of a new range of family portraits in pencil. I feel graphite pencil can really capture the highlights in the skin and wrinkles too. I love this image. The pose is simple and yet I find the more I work on it, the more detail I find. I am really enjoying the portrait drawing process. I have to take photographs of the portrait progress, I don’t want it to smudge while scanning. So the images are a bit dark. Check back soon for the progress and final drawing soon.

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Final step of Judy’s portrait

I finished working on Judy’s portrait just last night adding a few final touches this morning. I just loved painting her as her expression and stance are so inspiring. I hope this painting will make for a great present for her owner.

Judy's pet portrait in acrylic

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Pet Portraits in Progress – Portrait of Judy – Step 3

I’ve worked on filling out Judy yesterday and today. I will be adding more detail to her fur at a later stage. Next up is to finalise the grass around her paws and in the background. Below is a photograph of Judy’s portrait up to date together with a detail of her head.

Pet portraits in progress - Step 3 of Judy's portrait

Pet portraits in progress - Step 3 detail of Judy's portrait

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Pet Portraits In Progress – Portrait of Judy – Step 2

I added background yesterday afternoon. It brings Judy into the foreground and I will work on the grass around her paws more later. In the next step, I will start working on Judy’s body.

Pet Portraits in acrylic in Progress - Judy Step 2

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Pet Portraits in Progress – Portrait of Judy

I started working on a portrait of Judy today, a portrait commission from Ireland. It is a birthday present for her owner. She is a beautiful dog. I love her classic pose. I drew her out in paint and added some indication of the background. It is a photograph, so the image seems very dark. I will be working on it more today and in the next few days adding more shading and detail to take away the flatness.

Pet Portraits in Progress

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Finished Portrait – ‘Moment’

Just finished this one today. I was working on this portrait for the last few days. The work is based on the photograph from www.scx.hu by BWK. I loved the photo of this girl, she looks so present in the moment. And so I had to call the drawing ‘Moment’. I think it’s very appropriate.

The original drawing is for sale together with art prints and greeting cards. I will put it up in the True Image Gallery tomorrow, so you can preview it in a larger size, see the original photograph and make a purchase if you like.

Leave a comment below if you like. I’d love to know what you think about this one.

Pencil Portrait of a Girl