Pastel Course Materials

This blog post refers to the upcoming Learn to Draw with Pastel Course which begins on February 1st. Click here for details. Pastel Pencils For pastel pencils, I recommend Faber Castell Pitt Pencils and the colours suggested for this course are White, Black, Ivory, Light Flesh, Terracotta, Caput Mortem, Dark Naples Ochre, and a shadeContinue reading “Pastel Course Materials”

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.

New Work – Hungarian Vizsla

The image is of Juta at Grey Mare’s Tail in Scotland and it really strikes a chord with me as she is so keen and playful, oblivious to the cold water or the stormy day, just intent on watching what’s about to be thrown or maybe the birds flying overhead! I hope it depicts a familiar scene for others too.

Ordering for Christmas

Firstly I apologise for using the ‘C’ word in November, but last year, like a Grinch, I had to turn away requests for commissions in early December. To guarantee Christmas gifts arrive on time, I will stop taking orders for commissions in late November/early December, so it is best to order as soon as possibleContinue reading “Ordering for Christmas”