I had limited time to take on my first Chimpanzee (sandwiched between school run and dinner). But I managed to get her done in an hour and a half!
She’s a beaut though. Coco will be available as an original and as a limited addition print at Splute.com
I created this piece especially for ArtBomb
There is something so gentle about these shy creatures. One thing that has struck me with each bear I have drawn is that they have the tiniest eyes on an ever so large body.
Given how fierce they can be it’s amazing how endearing they are.
This was my first attempt at a large scale bat for my ‘Surfacing’ spring show at Argyle Fine Art
This little guy sold me onto bats, those big beady eyes and delicate wings. I’m about to start my fifth bat piece because I can’t seem to stop!
Drawing bats never crossed my mind until I drew a tiny one for Preshrunk this year. The response made me realize that people have quite an affection for these adorable creatures
I started with the one below and got completely carried away in the process because they are so delightful
These four will be featured at a collaborative show I’m excited to be a part of at Argyle this June with my dear artist buddy Melissa.
‘Spring Surge’ being the title.
We both work in different mediums (oil and charcoal) but will be interpreting similar themes of animals leaping and emerging.
My own pieces come under the name ‘Surfacing’. I feel this best sums up the curiosity, quiet joy and emerging attitude of my subjects.
I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this work
Neville the owl is currently open for bids at ArtBomb
Owls are a delight to draw, the eyes alone are a fascination. I can quite see how artists become enamored with these elusive creatures.
This stag was a dream to draw
Everything about him came together beautifully.
It helped that the pose was so ethereal and elegant.
Silvan is now hanging on the walls of Made in the Maritimes
Another profile! Another challenge to get the personality across with only one eye to work with and when it comes to sheep there is also a somewhat stern nose to contend with too.
This was him after the first session. I was happy with the eye but not the horn or nose.
Then it all got too heavy and contrasting (too much white charcoal). Time to strip back and simplify.
Subsequent sessions later……
I spent a lot of time on the fine details of horns and curls to bring character and texture to him. In the end I was really pleased but I learnt that
a sheep nose is niether straight forward….nor straight!
Ten minutes in and I could tell this piece would come together effortlessly.
And it did.
Something so wholesome about a cow (especially a Jersey cow) those big innocenct eyes and adorable noses. It was a joy to spend time with him.
Here he is!