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About paulettefarrell

Fine art portrait artist specialising in drawings involving sports and animals. Using charcoal, pastel and graphite to create free hand beautiful drawings

Bullrush – original graphite drawing

original graphite pencil drawing of a bullrush on white paper

 

I picked up this bullrush on a dog walk.  I’d had my eye on them for a while and when the seasons were just about to turn I picked it.  The ground it was in can be quite marshy when the rains come.  I let it dry out in my studio for a few weeks until it was ready to draw from.

I loved the tall elegance of these plants and have tried to retain its height by doing a narrow drawing.  It is 17 x 10″ on white Arches heavy watercolour smooth paper.  I tried various ways to display it but settled on taping it to a board.  Shining a light on it created interesting shadow shapes.

Here’s a little slideshow of the progress….

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The fluffy poker like seed head was a challenge, I started out trying to drawing every little variation but this was not going to work so in the end with alot of squinting to spot the various tones I resorted to many layers of crosshatched graphite.

The finished piece can be seen on my website shop here… or clicking on the framed image below…

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Catch it! – original cricket drawing

My latest cricket drawing has a focus on the moment when the batsman knows he has clipped the ball, glancing behind in the hope that it goes to ground and not to hand.

a charcoal cricket drawing of a slip catch fielder about to catch the ball

The drawing started off with a preliminary sketch in my sketchbook.  Here I’m just making a loose sketch in watercolour to see how it works and to see if it will make a good finished piece…

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It had all the potential for the drama of the moment that I like to capture in my drawings so I went ahead and started a full drawing.  For my cricket drawings I work on Canson Mi Teintes pearl grey paper (the smooth side).  I take sheets of A3 and cut them down if I need to.  Here are progress shots of the piece…..

If you notice the original finished drawing actually had a bowler on it too.  I decided that the bowler brought nothing to the drama and I found his pose a distraction so erased him from the finished piece, working him into the background instead.  The finished piece can be purchased along with prints from my website shop here

Or by clicking on the image below…

a charcoal cricket drawing of a slip catch fielder about to catch the ball

Draw 17 – Society of Graphic Fine Arts annual open Exhibition

I am delighted to have a piece accepted into this prestigous exhibition which takes place at the Menier Gallery on the Southbank, London.

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This was my third attempt to draw this knot of sycamore seeds that I picked up from a walk across the golf course.  First I tried them with oils (too detailed for oils) then watercolours (struggled with the colour mixing) and then reverted to my favourite – graphite.  The pencils did not let me down, they allowed me to create all the fine details and translucent effect…..

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Draw 17 is a wonderful exhibition, I was extremely lucky to have my work hang besides such talented artists.

Little Blue – original pastel drawing of a bluetit

I have recently moved into bird art.  As part of drawing more from life I have begun to take my camera out with me and photograph birds and nature.

This is my first official drawing which is a bluetit feeding on some bread.

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He is drawn in Carbothello pastel pencils on Strathmore toned mixed media paper.

Here is a progress video of the build up of the drawing…

Little Blue is available to buy from my website shop here

Custom charcoal portraits

I’ve been working hard on improving my portrait drawings and finding out what is my preferred paper and preferred medium.  After making a long list of all the different surfaces and all the different mediums I like to work with and practising over and over I finally settled with charcoal on Strathmore toned grey paper.  A real bonus happened when Strathmore released a toned grey mixed media paper which is exactly the same tone grey and surface but a thicker version.  This is a great bonus as I did have a concern that the original toned paper was a bit on the thin side.

 

Here a few of the recent portraits I have confidently completed in this style…..

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As you can see it really has become a big step forward.  My portraits are becoming quicker and more relaxed.  I intend to do portrait sittings and try to work on my life drawing skills, but continue to work from photographs in the meantime.  If you are interested in commissioning a portrait from me, they are all 11 x 14″ on toned grey Strathmore mixed media paper and cost £120 + shipping.  They will be shipped flat in an all board envelope for you to frame.

For further details you can visit my website and read my commission page here

Forward – original charcoal rugby drawing

rugby drawing in charcoal of an england rugby player running for a try

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This has been drawn with Nitram charcoal on grey Canson Mi Teintes paper.

It is 20 x 16″ framed in a black wooden frame.

The original & limited edition prints are available.

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The inspiration for this drawing came from watching all the action in the recent six nations championship.  I watch video of the action I prefer, freeze it where I want it and then take a screenshot.  It is the most effective way of getting the exact image that I want.  In this case I wanted to save that point where we are not really sure if the forward is going to get away from the defender and score the try.  The force of action is represented with loose charcoal stokes.

Here are some shots of the work in progress….

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When capturing movement in art there are some principles that I have learnt:

  • ensure some part of the body is grounded
  • avoid figures in the air.pay close attention on which parts of the body is moving, in real time we would probably see them as a blur, represent them loosely.
  • represent the muscle structure of the body accurately on parts of the body that are not moving as that is where the power comes from.
  • sometimes there is so much movement that you can represent the air around the figures moving instead.  In such a case try to imagine the air around them as water, which parts would be disturbed and which parts of the air would be still.

 

There are also limited edition (50) prints available….

Forward (2) print