Monday, 30 January 2012

A Selection Of New Prints.......

.......available directly from me at my print website Mighty Fine Art Prints.

My prints are professionally printed on high quality papers to give high archival quality which will last for generations if treated sensibly.

Each print is signed, bevel mounted, wrapped in cellophane for protection with backing board and posted flat packed for free to UK mainland addresses. Customers from the USA etc. can find my prints for sale on Red Bubble or Imagekind


Saturday, 28 January 2012

Vantage Completed!

Finally finished yesterday morning. It is 16 x 24 inches, pencil on Stonehenge paper. I was a little worried about this one, right up until the end. Having used 4 different reference photographs and also invented quite a bit of the scene I was concerned about the scale of each cheetah compared to the others, trying to bring the crouching one forward and pushing the others back in turn. Also the lighting had to be similar for all of them, whereas in the refs they were all lit from different directions.

All in all I'm pretty pleased with the result (although my wrist has seized up again after 2 weeks of quite hard work)

Today I will start on the mounting and framing, then I will upload it for sale to the Mighty Fine Art website as well as others.

Friday, 20 January 2012

'Vantage' stage two

Progress has been quite slow but it's coming along. It's taken me ages to plan the lower part of the scene (rocks, tree logs etc.) but I think I have it now. Jenny's away this weekend so I'm hoping to get a decent run at it, although she has left me a few DIY jobs to get done while she's away.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

'Vantage' stage one

I recently gained some inspiration by looking through a relatively new portfolio of photographs by my favorite wildlife photographer, Nick Brandt. He has some absolutely sensational work which always gets me enthusiastic and itching to start a new pencil project, whenever I browse them. 
Of course then comes the task of sourcing some decent reference photographs which I'm allowed to use without fear of breaching anyone's copyright. So I'm using four seperate reference photographs for this, two from the Paint My Photo reference library and two from Wet Canvas. I began the other evening by spending a couple of hours messing around with them in Photoshop to create a composition before printing it off. I'm having to invent some parts too, which were cropped out of the references. So all in all it's requiring a bit of extra thought and concentration this one. It's 16 x 24 inches, pencil on Stonehenge paper.
I'm now two sessions and about twelve hours in. I'm not intending to take many 'in-progress' scans, it's difficult to do because my paper is taped to a sheet of board to work on and therefore doesn't fit easily on my scanner bed. The above picture is three scans stitched together. But I decided to pause and take stock at this point. I find by putting it on the computer screen I can get a better idea of how things are progressing. To get the best composition and a good view of each of the group they are all at slightly different levels, with two further forward than the other two. My intention is to have the two furthest to the back cheetahs either on the crest of a rocky outcrop or perhaps a fallen tree log, I haven't decided yet. The background is to be quite minimal.

Friday, 6 January 2012

'Forever Young' completed!

Here he is finished. This one went surprisingly well for me. Usually there is always an area with which I've struggled a bit or had to correct, but this time each session I spent on it went according to plan and I finished it after a total of about 16 hours.

I think my drawings are gradually becoming more like paintings in graphite nowadays. I am happy with the style which has developed whereby I lightly lay down some graphite and then work it up with tortillons or cloth before finishing the detail with sharp pencils. Most of this was completed with a 2B or B pencil with the extreme darks being 4B

I'm not putting this one up for sale just yet (unless I am made an offer I can't refuse) but will enter this into the DSWF wildlife artist of the year 2012.Well, you never know and it's a cause that I'm keen on so don't mind paying the entry fee.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

'Forever Young' in progress

This week I've been engrossed in another wildlife drawing,using pencil on Stonehenge paper. It's still in progress but I hope to complete it tomorrow or on Saturday at the latest. Then, if I think it worthy I may submit it to the DSWF wildlife artist of the year 2012. Submissions close on the 15th so will just about squeeze it in to go alongside the one I've already submitted.
 Here we are after day 1 and about 5 hours work. I'm using a reference photo I found on Wetcanvas.
 Above you can see it's about 24 x 18 inches but I'll probably cropit a bit once complete.
 After day 2 and a further 6 hours it's coming along nicely I think.

 Above is the position I'm in today after a further 4 hours or so.

As usual my photographs are pathetic, it's so dark lately and there's no chance of photographing outdoors in the weather we've had this week. So it's a matter of taking a quick snap under artificial light. I thought I'd post them anyway to give some idea what I'm up to. I'll get a decent scan done once complete and post it here. (I can't scan 'in progress' without untaping it each time from my drawing board)

Regarding the weather, I got blown right off my feet on the beach earlier today. Talk about windy! I hobbled down to the sea from the car park before letting Leon go for a run about. As soon as he was off the lead he ran straight back to the van. Not daft that boy. So I had to climb back up the shingle bank to go get him and got hit by a massive gust that blew me right over on my back! Murphy seems to enjoy extreme weather though, just looked at me as if to say 'Wimp' and then wandered off for a paddle.