I have now been an Artist for just over a year. I am shocked at how far I’ve come in one short year. I’ve made so much progress and I’ve been able to address some of my confidence issues.
Above is one of my very first sketches……. 🙈🙈
As an artist you are forever being judged. So many people think you don’t actually “work” and that it must be easy to throw some paint on a canvas. There will always be someone sniggering behind your back, sometimes even to your face. But you know what the best thing I’ve learnt this year is? Is not to care or listen to the armchair critics. The quicker you learn to ignore the ‘know-it-alls’ the better off you are going to be.
Above is a short video a start of a puffin sketch. It turned out really nice. It just shows a little bit of effort every day over time is totally worth it.
I have enjoyed so much about the last year. I’ve loved that many people love my art and that lots of my pieces (prints and originals) are making lots of people happy. I’ve loved learning new skills and learning how to perfect certain techniques. I’ve even enjoyed finding myself lost and not sure how to move a piece forward. I have also enjoyed being able to put those pieces down, move to something new and then coming back to the old piece and knowing exactly where to go.
Learning that I don’t have to force myself to be creative and enjoying the fact that some of my better pieces were created when I threw the rule book out the window.
I learnt to TRUST myself. Trust that I am actually good at this. It’s wonderful that after many years, several different jobs and career choices that I have finally found something I love. And yet I still have SO much farther to go. The road may seem never ending, but holy moly I am going to enjoy strolling off down the winding dirt path with the fairies.
Keep up with my progress and all my new pieces for this next year by following me on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to see what original pieces and prints I have on sale at the moment check out my Etsy Store or my Redbubble Site.
I have created some beautiful cards with my paintings on them. They are the perfect gift to give to that special someone that can be kept and framed. I’m very proud of how well they’ve turned out. In fact I’m so proud that I will be running a special discount code when purchasing anything from my Etsy store.
Just enter the code 03WP2018 when you get to the checkout in my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist for 10% off anything in store!
I even have some Christmas cards available! If you would like to see any more of my designs on cards please let me know. I’m sure I can accommodate!
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Anyone who knows me, knows I love Harry Potter. I especially love drawing the magical creatures in the movies. My most recent piece that I’ve drawn is Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback. It took me a long time to get all the details right. I hope you all like him!
First Stages – sketching out his shape and making sure all the proportions are accurate. I chose to draw him on A3 size 110gsm sketching paper.
The first few layers of the wings were tricky. Using my graphite pencils and my pencil eraser to try to get the texture right.
My next major challenge was the texture in the wood of the table he was on. Inserting the shadows underneath Norbert gives the 3D affect to my graphite sketch.
The final stages are a little tedious sometimes. You can see the end, it’s so close but it’s not quite perfect yet! This stage probably took the longest time to complete.
After approximately 5 hours of work, here Norbert is! I really love him. Now I get to choose another beast to draw! If anyone has any suggestions drop you choice in the comments.
Now, as Norbert isn’t my original creation he won’t be for sale. I do have many other animals, flowers and landscapes available to purchase in my etsy store. Here’s a link to one if my small dragon sketches! Dragon Art Print
If you would like to keep up to date with all my art sketches and paintings please check out my Facebook or Instagram accounts.
See you all soon,
This weeks art work to remember is Wattle. One of the first fairies I ever painted. It seems so long ago now.
This acrylic painting was one of the first fairies I painted and is a part of my Fantasy Collection. To view rest of the fantasy collection go to this link: https://chrissyturleyartist.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-fantasy-art-collection/
You can also get many of my works on clothes, phones cases, diaries and all sorts of other cool designs!!
If you’d like a print or some merchandise go to my redbubble store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley
This is one of my favourite fairies. I sketched her out very lightly with a 2H graphite pencil. Then I proceeded to add layers of light and darker shades using my Spectrum Noir Markers. When using my my SN Markers I always start with the lightest shade. I blend that into a mid tone and finally darken with the darkest shades. I particularly like my Spectrum Noir Markers when I’m doing fantasy art because they are so vibrant and easy to use…. once you know how.
She is also available on red bubble as phone cases, mugs, note books and much more. Check out her and the rest of my items on Red Bubble here.
Otherwise, prints are available in my Etsy store and you can keep up to date with my current pieces on my Instagram and Facebook pages where I constantly run competitions.
Who would like to win a FREE print? To celebrate the launch of my Facebook page I’m giving away 1 free print of a painting or graphite sketch. The winner will be able to choose one print of ANY of my pieces in my Etsy store. I will ship to anywhere in the world.
To enter tag a friend who you think deserves some extra love and tell me why. A winner will be chosen at random when I have reached 200 likes. Sharing my page or this post is not essential but will be greatly appreciated! You can tag as many people as you like.
T’s and C’s
1.To be eligible both you and the person tagged must like my Facebook page.
2.Offer excludes any custom portrait – painting or graphite
3.All prints will be roughly A4 size or slightly smaller. They will come unmounted on great quality paper. Ready for you to frame to your taste.
Check out your favourite Print in my store now – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
Enter the draw on my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist
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This weeks in the spot light is a print of my light house painting.
I love storms, grey skies, thunder, lightening and wind. I love watching the savage storms we get in Australia. The original painting was inspired by the recent cyclone to hit the coast of Queensland. This light house on a cliff is representing how tough we Aussies are.
You can purchase a print of my light house painting at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with all my recent art work, sketches and paintings.