The Ginger Rhino

The Ginger Rhino

Hola all! I’d like to present to you the latest addition to the animal family; the Ginger Rhino. This was created for a friend and I must say I had a lot of fun creating it – well, what isn’t entertaining about a rhino with long luscious locks of curly hair and a goatee?!   …

The Great Bear (Sketch)
Sketch-a-thon Drawings!

Sketch-a-thon Drawings!

So it’s Thursday day 4 of my sketch-a-thon so it’s time to share a few of my drawings with you! I was going to do one a day but then I ran out of time and my internet decided to die, but i didn’t think that you would mind that I posted a few together, next week though I am determined to do ONE A DAY. Then I am going to use the sketches to create some new completed artwork…although admittedly some of  my drawings aren’t really ‘sketches’ they are a little too detailed – I can’t help myself, that’s the best part of drawing for me. So let me introduce you to my new drawings…the photo’s aren’t of the best quality I haven’t set up the scannner and I’ve recently moved house! (excuses…excuses)

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As you can see I’ve used a variety of different styles and mediums; pen, pencil, detailed drawing, more graphic techniques and, of course, character illustration (the dragon who I think is very cute). I think I could create really excellent wildlife art from some of these drawings; I could transform them into a fully detailed digital painting or I could just simply complete them!

Drawing everyday is a great way to spend your time; it’s very therapeutic after a hard day at the office, so even if you think you can’t draw I encourage you to pick up your pencil and have a go! You’ve nothing to lose…only your troubles. Drawing really is a fantastic stress relief, no matter what ends up on the paper the process is wholly engrossing. If you would like to view anymore of my artwork then head over to my website www.graceowenart.com.

A Quick One…

A Quick One…

A Quick One...

Here is how my latest deer drawing is going…looks happy doesn’t he? Not quite finished yet hoping to add more texture, detailing and contrast. Tomorrow I begin my sketch-a-thon where I sketch something different each day, I’m really excited but I don’t really have a clue what I’m going to be drawing…but we shall see! Until then, enjoy what is left of your Sunday evening.

Sketch-a-thon!

Sketch-a-thon!

I love drawing, but recently I have lacked inspiration and that really gets me down! I worry that if I stop I’ll lose all of the skills that I’ve built up over the years and just not be able to do it anymore and as an artist that is a bit of a nightmare. In order to stop that from happening I’m going to have a sketch-a-thon, now it would be great to sketch for a full 24 hours and see what monstrosities I come up with…however before every sketch-a-thon if that is indeed a thing you need to practice so from next week ( the 17th March) I’m going to do a drawing every single evening! It’ll be exciting to see what pours out of my pencil. Expect to see an array of drawings popping up on my blog and feel free to join in and share your own sketches too. For now though, I’m going to leave you with a few works in progress…

 

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The Influence of Landscape Art

The Influence of Landscape Art

Landscape art is one of the most recognisable and popular art forms across the entire world. It is also one of the oldest. The definition of landscape art is that it is the depiction of landscapes, natural scenery such as mountains, trees, beaches and forests. Whether it is in photographic, drawn or painted form, it has the power to be truly evocative. It is one of the most powerful forms of art; possibly because, as humans, we can all appreciate the beauty and unpredictable forces of nature. Although I mostly create fantasy and wildlife paintings, I have a true appreciation for this form of art.

Recently I have been truly inspired by landscape paintings, and have found an excellent collection of both old and new styled paintings on Mark Mitchell’s website. As many other budding artists know, viewing another artist’s work can really help to get your creative juices flowing, so below are two of my favourite landscape artworks.

Brightening Later by Terry Watts

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Brightening later – Acrylic on paper 64.1 x 45.1cm by Terry Watts

The sky is an integral part of landscape artwork, the only exception being if the subject is a woodland or forest, which is why I love the above painting entitled Brightening Later by Terry Watts – it is almost photographic. The clouds take up the majority of the paper, making the painting exceptionally dramatic. The painting itself is quite moody, but it leaves the viewer with a sense of hope the sun will break out of the clouds.

Bøgholm Lake in autumn by Sigvard Hansen

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Bøgholm Lake in autumn – Oil on canvas 82 x 127cm

This painting entitled Bøgholm Lake in autumn by Sigvard Hansen is truly spectacular. It is truly gorgeous and is a celebration of summer. The feeling you get when you gaze upon this painting is that of true delight. The details of the plants are wonderfully mesmerising, and you can almost feel the breeze upon your skin.

 

Below is a digital painting that I have created since rediscovering my love of landscape art:

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Landscape art will never ever go out of style and it will always be relevant, as our landscape is always changing and will always have an emotionally evocative effect on the human race. In the future, I hope to create more landscape art, as taking on new challenges and trying new subject matter is a large part of being an artist. I hope to combine landscape paintings with my love of animals and fantastical creatures to create even better wildlife art with truly outstanding backgrounds.

 

Woodland Fairy Digital Drawing

Woodland Fairy Digital Drawing

Woodland Fairy Digital Drawing

Hola fairy followers!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything with wings…or on the way to having wings, so here is a drawing that I created quite a while a go. I started to digitally paint it, then I decided I liked it much better in black and white. I’ve edited the drawing slightly on Photoshop, but I shall be adding more detail to it to make it a delightful digital drawing! Instead of typical butterfly wings she shall have wings of a leafy aesthetic.

I have a couple of other drawings to show you but I still don’t have a scanner, alack and alas!

Where Have the Birds Gone?

Where Have the Birds Gone?

Winter time is here; it’s cold, a little bit icy and a lot of the wildlife has disappeared. Boo! Well at least the sky looks gorgeous when it is clear. Of course, many species of birds remain here in England and we have a lot of foreign bird visitors – yep that’s the technical term …

Mr Fox Gets Colour!

Mr Fox Gets Colour!

Mr Fox Gets Colour!

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything new and technically this is just a colour of an older drawing…it’s not finished either but as you all know (unless you’ve never visited before) I like to show the creation of my work in stages..so y’all should come back 😉

In other news I’m getting a new computer so you can expect more work to appear over the next few weeks and months. I shall be updating my site – it’s all very exciting isn’t it?