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Monday, April 3, 2017

Tiger: Digital Painting And Time-Lapse Video


Hi,

After creating several "real world" pastels recently — I had an itch to do a digital painting.

I'd kept a very cool photo I'd found of a tiger in my "image bank" and decided to make that my next piece.

I knew up front that painting all that fur and his stripes would make an interesting challenge — and as I got into it — that definitely proved to be the case.

But — after all the recent drawing and pastels — I found myself really going quickly —which is something I've been working on (getting faster that is).

I'll attach the a look at the finished painting and embed a time-lapse video of the painting process below.

 Thanks as always for stopping by!


Tiger - Copyright - 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved










Sunday, March 19, 2017

New Pastel Pencil Drawing Of A Vulture


Hi!

As I've said many times before I love sketching birds—and for some reason am "drawn" to the odd, (perhaps) uglier ones—although I think this actually makes them beautiful in their own way.

I found an awesome looking BLUE vulture photo on Pixabay — a site that posts images under a creative commons license which allow the free use of them.

It's a good place to find images for artistic reference and I've collected a couple of folders on my computer of images from Pixabay and Pexels—another "cc" image site.

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In my last couple of posts—I mentioned that I bought some pastels pencils and a couple of different sketchbooks with grey paper and have been having a good time learning how best to use those new tools.

Faber-Castel FC112136 PITT Pastel Pencils In A Metal Tin (36 Pack), Assorted

I've found it rejuvenating at a time when I was feeling a little stagnate—just using white paper and graphite pencils for sketching—as I've been doing for many, many years now.

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Even though it's a bit expensive these days—I frequently go out to various restaurants and coffee houses and work there.

The upside is that it attracts some attention from those around me and I get to talk with a lot of interesting people.

I get so many encouraging comments as well—especially lately for the pastel color-work I'm doing—and that's a big plus too.

: )

Anywho—I thought I'd share another pastel I finished yesterday—and a related pencil sketch from a while back.

"Polly" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved
"Polly" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved

^ ^ ^ ^  I'm not sure what kind of vulture this guy is—but he was blue in the photo reference I used too.

I love how it looks like he's wearing some kind of feather coat or something (and looks completely focused on finding his next meal).

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Funny story about the pastel above:  Today I was working on another new pastel at a Chinese restaurant—and apparently my waitress told the other staff there that I was an artist—and soon I had a steady stream of people who worked there coming over to see what I was up to.

I was showing one young server—who spoke very broken English—some of my other pastels—and when I got to the one above—she reached out her hand a rubbed her fingers across it before I could stop her.

I was a bit horrified—until I saw she didn't damage it—but I'll need to tell people in the future—up front—not to touch the pastels!  

: )

Pencil Sketch: Wack-A-Doodle-Do — Copyright 2017 — Jephyr — All Rights Reserved
Pencil Sketch: Wack-A-Doodle-Do — Copyright 2017 — Jephyr — All Rights Reserved

^ ^ ^ ^   One night last December I was sketching with Valen and came up with this wacky guy—began as a scribble sketch.

I showed it to Valen and he and I both agreed it was a little more over the top than most of what I do.

When I finished the vulture pastel above—I remembered this sketch—and since he's "vulture-like"—I decided to post them together.

Looking at him today I think I might want to do a color version with the pastel pencils—but time will tell if I get to that.

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Well—that's it for today.

As always—I appreciate you stopping by.

Hope to see you again soon.





Sunday, March 12, 2017

New Pastels And Sketch



Hello!

As I wrote in my February 3, 2017 blog post I purchased a tin of 36 Faber-Castel Pastel Pencils (see photo and link at bottom).

After a few weeks of using them I can say I'm really happy to have them and am learning more about how to use them every time I pick them up

Today I'm going to post three recent drawings from my sketchbooks using them—and one related pencil sketch.

"Purr-T" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved
"Purr-T" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved

^ ^ ^ ^  I'll start with this elegant beast (one of my favorite animals).

I found the photo I used for reference on Pexels—a Royalty Free Photo site—and printed it out so I could make a pastel study of it.

As I mentioned in my last post I purchased 2 sketchbooks with grey paper—and used the larger one for this image (9 x 14").



"Wuff" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved
"Wuff" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved

^ ^ ^ ^  This one was the second drawing I'd done with my new pastel pencils and grey paper.

I found the photo I used for reference on Pixabay—another Royalty Free Photo site—and I also did this in the larger 9 x 14" sketchbook.


"Pretty Bird" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved
"Pretty Bird" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved

^ ^ ^ ^  Just finished this one yesterday—and call it "Pretty Bird."  : )

If you've seen my other posts—by now you know I love birds—and am oddly drawn to the stranger looking ones.

Not to say I don't love the beautiful ones—but there is something so cool about the "ugly ducklings."

This drawing was done in the smaller sketchbook (8 x 10")—and the paper has a little more "tooth" which I'm liking. 

http://www.nitramcharcoal.com/blog/understanding-paper-tooth-what-to-look-for-in-an-artist-charcoal-paper


"Pretty Bird - Pencil Study" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved
"Pretty Bird - Pencil Study" - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved

^ ^ ^ ^ I did this pencil study of the same good lookin' boid from above in my regular, plain old white paper sketchbook.

Although I took some liberties with the look in this rendering—making it a little more cartoony and caricaturized—it did make good practice for the color version.

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Well—that's it for today.

Thanks for stopping by!

God Bless!!

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Faber-Castel FC112136 PITT Pastel Pencils In A Metal Tin (36 Pack), Assorted
Faber-Castel FC112136 PITT Pastel Pencils In A Metal Tin (36 Pack), Assorted



 



Friday, February 3, 2017

Sketchbook - Eagle Pastel By Jephyr


Hi!

Recently I picked up two sketchbooks with Grey Paper—rather than the plain white paper sketchbooks I normally use for sketching.

I also bought a Faber-Castel pastel pencil set and have been working with both the new sketchbooks and those pencils.


Thought I'd share one of those recent images—a photo study of an Eagle that I started yesterday and finished today.

Although I've used pastel sticks before—the pastel pencils have proved to be a bit more challenging to use.  In fact, I used some of my regular pastel sticks to finish this piece off—in part because I was finding it very difficult to get the whites "bright" enough.


Eagle - Sketchbook Pastel - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr!
Eagle - Sketchbook Pastel - Copyright 2017 - Jephyr!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

God Bless!