This week I started with the blog post about how I created the graphite drawing of The Lion. This first lion sketch allowed me to roll on to my next lion watercolour piece. Which I named Marcus’ Lion. It was made for my son who is so quiet but ever so sweet. To check out The Lion click here and to have a look at Marcus’ Lion follow this link https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/524322682/marcus-lion.
I also started and finished an Acrylic painting of some Calla Lillies. I love calla lillies and I had this idea in my mind for a long time. It felt fantastic to start it. Keep an eye out for how I created that Lilly painting from concept to reality in the next couple of weeks.
I finished off a family Portrait and posted it off to its new home. This portrait took me a really long time and it’s my very first family Portrait for someone else. A step by step guide to how I created this piece will be available shortly, so keep an eye out for it. I’ve been super busy this week with finishing off all of my current projects.
I decided to make teachers gifts, as opposed to buying them. My 2 kids have 8 between them! So I started by making the gift tags that will go on a framed print of mine. I hope they enjoy their gifts!!!
And lastly this week I created a graphite sketch of a red squirrel. I love squirrels, they are one of my favourite animals.
To check out my squirrel, and all my other pieces in full view, get to my etsy and redbubble stores for Originals, prints and other merchandise.
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For the next 5 days I will be showing you how I created my latest piece ‘The Lion’. I enjoy seeing how artists come up with there ideas. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed creating him.
I’m drawing in my art journal for this piece.
I start out with a very light sketch. I will erase and re-draw anything until I’m totally happy with the overall shape. I look at proportions and ask myself – does he look real? Once I am happy with the basic outline, I start the next step.
Creating the look of hair. I start with the sketching in the darkest areas lightly. Gradually darkening each section by going up in the softness of the pencil.
I keep adding layers upon layers of shading, using light short strokes to mimic his hair. I continue to look at my reference photo. It’s important that you try not to outline the darker areas, but rather to increase the softness of your graphite pencil so it lays slightly darker hair down with each stroke.
Tip: if you press too hard with your pencil, you will destroy your paper. There will always be a dent in your paper, no amount of erasing will be able to fix. The same goes to erasing, if you are too rough, you will take the tooth away from the paper and possibly go right through to the other side.
It took me about 3 hours to complete my lion. I’ve made him with green eyes to give an eerie fantasy art feel. He’s been very popular so far and the prints are just stunning.
There are prints available in my Etsy store and on Redbubble as phone cases, bags, and much more. If you would like to keep up-to-date with my art works visit my Instagram and Facebook pages.
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Here is a quick look at what I’ve been up to this week! The topic suggested by a fan on Facebook was horses! So I did 2 horses. I’m very happy with the second one I did (pictured below). I didn’t have a reference photo to use and I kinda just used my memory of my horse Rex.
The below picture I’ve used water colour paint for the very first time. It didn’t turn out as well as I was hoping for. I did however enjoy using the water colour paint. I will definitely have to try it again. But I think first I will watch some you tube videos.
This picture of an elf I drew completely from my mind. I totally love it. She will be available in my Etsy store and on red bubble very shortly! I am totally in love with this graphite sketch.
All of my links will be down below, remember I now have a redbubble account so many of my designs are now on phone cases, bags and mugs. They are the perfect gift for your special someone.
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When I start my commissioned graphite portraits it’s fairly straight forward to begin with because I don’t have to choose what to draw or what size it’s going to be, the customer does that. So all I have to do is draw what’s in the photo we have agreed on. Which to most sounds easy, but it’s not really.
I start by sketching the outline, and general shape of everyone’s head and body shape is. I look closely at the size and position of each face.
Then slowly I fill in the facial features of each person. I will make adjustments to face shape as I’m doing this.
Then I continue to add shading and value to the piece until I’m finished. I try not to look at the picture as a whole but break it up into shapes and shading. Sometimes I will have to change the pictures slightly. For instance, for this one I took the sun glasses off one person. So I had 2 photos to merge together.
If you would like to purchase a graphite portrait, go to my etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/
I run competitions often on my Facebook and Instagram pages so please pop over and have a look.
I am now on Redbubble! You can get phone cases, hardcover notebooks and other things with my paintings on https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley
I hope you enjoyed seeing a step by step approach to my Graphite Portraits.
Well I’ve finally finished, nearly 30 days of non stop drawing or painting! The final piece in my this Challenge is a portrait of my family. My world. My life. The reason I am who I am.
When I started 30+ days ago, the extent of my drawing abilities was not great.
A drawing I did a few weeks prior to starting this challenge. I am so utterly proud of how far my graphite drawings have come. I’m so happy with what I’ve achieved. Before this art journal challenge I would never have called myself an Artist. Now I do. I know I have a skill and talent that I can improve on, and how far I’ve come in just 30 short days is just amazing.
It should prove to all of you, that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything!
If you would like to view my current work for sale, please go to my Etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
I have 2 competitions running on my Facebook and Instagram pages so go check those out as well!
Cheers and thank you for watching me grow over the last 30 days!
We have more lip practice today. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come. No matter how far I still have to go. I am really loving Graphite. It gets a little messy but I love it. For the next 4 days of my 30 Day Art Challenge I will be producing 2 pieces. One Acrylic Landscape of Stretched Canvas and one Family Graphite Portrait. I’m really excited to see how they come out.
If you would like to see all of my the pieces that I have created, go to my etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
I have 2 competitions running in my Facebook and Instagram pages. Go and check them out for your chance to win a free print!
Another graphite sketch today. This time of my little man. He’s just adorable. We were walking along the sugar loaf mountain when we took this photo. I really love the way the graphite blends and becomes smooth. It takes a little practice, and a lot of time but it’s totally worth it. Here is some more of my work.
If you would like a custom portrait done please visit my etsy store where I am currently taking a few commissions on. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
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https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist and https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30