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I am a part-time pet portrait and wildlife artist living in the deep dark forest between the Royal Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Welsh border. A beautiful and inspiring place to live and create pet portraits and wildlife art.
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Sunday, 5 April 2009

Amur Leopard by Wildlife Artist Karie-Ann Cooper

I've started on the rock work! You can see how I am working on this stage by the half completed rock at the front. I worked from dark to light colours as they seemed to blend together better in this order and this area of the rock is to be quite shady so plenty of dark colours are used. As usual I draw the shapes of the areas out using my technique of 'does that touch that bit, is it darker than that last bit?' and so on. I go through all the colours I need in the rock, about 5 greys, small amounts of black, several blues and even brown then the light areas I blend with a white pencil but the darker areas I use a burnisher on as the white pencil will lighten the colours a lot. When I am satisfied the colours are correctly blended I may go back to add more shadows or use a stabilo white to give highlights as it goes over everything. It's a long way to go yet, this has taken several hours from yesterday evening plus I woke up yet again very early so decided to get on with a bit more. It was frosty outside which was a surprise, I hadn't realised it was so cold, my poor guinea pigs won't be very happy with me as I turned all the heating off in the shed, luckily they do have a thermal blanket at the door plus lots of nice warm bedding! I expect they'll need extra carrots in compensation!
I'll be back later to add those 7 blogs I feel deserving of the painting award, I was blog-hopping the internet last night and have decided on 5 already so I need to find 2 more and will add my list after that.

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Anonymous said...

Your Leopard is really coming together now, as I am so useless at backgrounds look forward to seeing what you do with yours...congrats on your award well deserved.

pencilportraits said...

Hi Vic, really pleased to get the award. I've been a bit naughty in not passing it on yet, I shall do so asap!

Colette Theriault said...

Wow, this is really beautiful. I can't believe how fast you are working this piece, considering it is colored pencil.

Grahame Butler said...

This is looking superb Karie, looking forward to the next progress shot. well donbe on the award, I was going to nominate you myself but some one beat me to it...

Sarah said...

Beautiful hon - the background are always the challenge for me!!!

Kathleen Coy said...

Congrats on the award. The gray rock is setting off the leopard beautifully!

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