Sketch from start to finish.

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. 

Cheers,

Chrissy x

Paper or Canvas – that is the question! 

I often get asked is Canvas or Paper better to paint/draw on. The answer is simple…….. it depends on what you want to draw or paint! There are so many options and there are so many things you need to consider. I’m going to show you what I use and how I use it to help you make a good decision for yourself.

Sketching/Drawing

For practice drawing and sketching you want to have a smooth paper. So a hot pressed paper that isn’t too thick. Anything up to 120gsm is pretty good. The thickness of the paper will still give you a quality feel to your sketch and the hot press will give you a smooth finish. The smoother the paper, the cleaner your lines will be which will give you a more realistic look.

My current art journal is less than 100gsm and is not suitable for anything other than sketching. Below is a picture of an Orca that I drew in my journal. If you try to use other medias (paint of watercolour) on this type of paper it will wrinkle and curl. It damages the paper and if you do that, there’s no saving it.

Mixed Media Paper 250 gsm +

The below sketch is a graphite on 250gsm mixed media paper. This paper is meant to handle Acrylic paint well, but water colour is a bit of a stretch. I love it to print my prints on to beacause it has a bit of texture just like a canvas and it gives the print a really good quality look and feel.


The above picture is a print of my original Acrylic painting printed on to 250gsm paper.

Cold Pressed Cotton Paper

A cold press paper is rough, it has what is called ‘tooth’. It is ideal if you like that bumpy, textured feel and look to your painting. I personally don’t like to draw on this type of paper. I love to paint on it! I use a 300gsm cold press cotton paper with my acrylics. You get a matte finish with the textured finish of a canvas. The cotton paper is actually made for water colour paint because it can handle the wet application without creasing and folding. I don’t have watercolours so I use my acrylic on it and it performs beautifully.


Both Rose and Wattle have been painted on this cold press cotton paper. As you can see, it performs wonderfully!

Stretched Canvas

There are several types of canvas you can get. The main types are stretched canvas, canvas board and canvas paper. Of these three I haven’t used the canvas paper but it is on my rather long list of things to try. I prefer to use a stretched canvas. I like the bounce back it gives you. Both types of canvas have a tooth (bumpy texture) that I love! The stretched canvas you don’t frame but hang as is.

Above is an acrylic Painting is on a stretched canvas of Saundersfoot Beach. This is my favourite material to paint on.

Canvas Board

For my original painting of my Light house I did it on a canvas board. As you can see from the below picture that it performs much like a stretched canvas. It has a tooth, although not as deep. It is an easy and cheaper way to start painting. They come in all sorts of sizes and packs. You can frame them easily too.


To see all of my work that is for sale, go to me etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

If you have any questions message me or follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30 and find me on Facebook www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist where I will have live drawing and painting demos every week. I also have 2 competitions currently running on both pages.

I hope you liked my tips for how to choose the right material to paint or draw on. Come back next week for more!

Cheers

Chrissy xxxx

Day 29 and 30 – 30 Days of Art

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!

Chrissy xxx

Day 26 – 30 Days of Art

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! 

https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist

https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Cheers,

Chrissy 

Day 19 – 30 Days of Art

I get so much inspiration from my lovely kids. They are such a joy to be around. This is my little princess. Again I have lots to work on but I’m getting there! I think I have the proportions right, I just need to refine my skills using graphite. It’s a little clumsy. 

The below painting is an autumn tree that I painted a little while ago. I love autumn, it’s my favourite season. 


This painting and many more are available in my Etsy Store.

My Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist

Instagram: www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Cheers

Chrissy xxx

Day 17 – 30 Days to Art

EYES EYES EYES!!!!!! It’s all about the eyes! I love these drawings, I think I’ve done a great job and I can’t wait to put them into some sketches. I took some advice from an Art teacher friend of mine and have started drawing each different component of the face. Noses were first and now eyes. I need to work on my hair and my lips as well. 

All my links are below, so click where you want to go from here!!

My Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist

Instagram: www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Here’s a little extra piece I’ve started!


Thank you for all your kind support,

Chrissy xxxx

Day 15 – 30 Days of Art 

Faces and noses…….. it’s time I got serious about this art thing. I’m determined to draw and my angels perfectly! I’m really happy with my sketches today! They are really lovely. I think they’ve improved greatly. Thanks to the Art Sherpa’s you tube videos! If you are looking to improve your skills, watch her and others on you tube! 

Tip: you need to practice drawing what you see, not what your mind thinks you see! This is more difficult than you would think! 

I think it’s important to continue learning new skills, no matter how old you are. It’s certainly helped me get through some really un-happy times. 

You can find videos of me in action on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist and also on my Instagram at www.instgram.com/chrissyturley30.

If you would like to purchase any of my art work then please visit my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

Cheers,

Chrissy