Learn to Draw with Pastel

A lot of people have been in touch to say they miss the group experience of the Facebook courses. For this reason, I am moving the Patreon monthly courses to Facebook groups in the hope it includes more people and those taking the courses can regain the group support they are missing out on. AnotherContinue reading “Learn to Draw with Pastel”

Tiska the Hungarian Vizsla

This portrait was drawn with Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils and Unison soft pastel on Daler Rowney Ingres pastel paper. It measures 12″ x 8″ / A4 / 30cm x 20cm. This was such a beautiful reference to work from. Tiska has such a sweet, delicate face it was lovely to have such great lightingContinue reading “Tiska the Hungarian Vizsla”

Rory the Hungarian Vizsla

This portrait was drawn with Faber Castell Pastel Pitt Pencil on Daler Rowney Ingres paper and measures 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 30cm. I have drawn or painted so many Vizsla portraits and for a breed with virtually no variation in colour or markings it always amazes me how different they all are! RoryContinue reading “Rory the Hungarian Vizsla”

Gesso Prints compared to Giclee

Based on the French verb gicler which means “to squirt or spray”, giclée printing involves squirting microscopic dots of specialist archival pigment ink onto high quality fine art paper with exceptional accuracy.

Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

Even though I have lots of Hungarian Vizsla products a Wire Haired Vizsla was missing, and was one of the breeds suggested which I thought was a great idea. Hettie’s mum put forward this great photo to use as a reference.

Win a Fairtrade 100% Natural Cotton Tote Bag of your choice!

To win a design of your choice, either visit the competition link on Facebook or leave a comment below to state which design you would like. The winner will be chosen on August 31st – open to participants worldwide! Many thanks and best of luck!!!

Mia

Unless I am drawing a large or complicated piece, I prefer to do a simple sketch first and then change or tweak anything I’m unhappy with as I add layers of pastel. Mia’s markings really threw me off with this one however, the white on her muzzle kept tricking me into thinking everything was crooked! You can make out the several faint pencil marks of previous attempts on this sketch.

Framing

With any original piece of art, it is highly recommended to use a professional framer and it is too easy to damage the artwork. If you decide to tackle framing yourself, here are some tips that may be useful…

New Work – Alaskan Malamute

I always find it amazing to watch my dogs turn from floppy snoring sofa cushions into crazy energetic explorers at the slightest mention of a walk, and I really want to capture that with each painting in this series. To watch them interact with the environment and turn the world into their playground never ceases to fascinate me!