Bonnie

Bonnie

rabbit

rabbit

Lisa

Lisa
colour 8x10

Mrs Blore

Mrs Blore
graphite 8x10

Oakley

Oakley

Search

Loading...

About Me

My Photo
artbykarieann
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.
View my complete profile
Powered by Blogger.
Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Animal Portraits, Jimmy


In keeping with most other people already this year, my New Year's resolutions have already been dismissed (good job there's the rest of the year to try again then) but as per my last post, I said I'd try new mediums. So off I trotted to the virtual art shops and bought myself some pastel paper. I thought this would be the best way to break myself in, pastels are probably the most similar medium to pencils, non liquid, and handled in the same way so in my mind a good place to start.

So I have my pastel paper in front of me, I look at my pastels, look back at the pencils, look at the pastels again, push them to one side and grab my pencils. I thought it would be a change just to have a coloured background and I've never used such a toothy paper so in my opinion, almost half way to my first New Year's resolution (what a cop out I hear you cry, well yes it is in a word!)
However, my little cowardly steps have made me realise that this paper is just amazing for pencils, it's also quicker to work with as the base colour is already in place and although I am able to add more layers because of the surface, I don't need to add as many anyway and I'm going great guns. Jimmy is appearing on the page at a rate of knots. So I'm actually quite pleased with myself for discovering this and I'm sure I will be trying this again.

So, a little about Jimmy, my most unusual pet portrait to date (I think he beat the cows). Jimmy was found wandering down a road and duly rescued. Found posters did not lead to his owners coming forward so he remained with his rescuers. It turned out on the same day another ferret was rescued but a third more unfortunate creature was hit by a car.
So Jimmy was a very lucky little ferret who became a bit of a house pet. His mum had to tape cupboards shut when he was about and he had a lovely little habit of stealing and helping himself to things and hiding them all over the place!

FACEBOOKTWITTERYOU TUBEPICASAFLICKRDIGGDELICIOUSSTUMBLE UPON

1 comments:

Studio at the Farm said...

Jimmy is looking very spiffy so far.

Copyright (c) 2008 -2010 Karie-Ann Cooper. All rights reserved. All images, words and text remain the copyright of Karie-Ann Cooper. All artwork on this blog is protected by copyright law and must not be used, copied or downloaded without the permission of the artist