Tag Archives: graphite

Winter Catkins – original graphite pencil drawing of woodland catkins

original graphite pencil drawing of catkins, woodland, nature drawing

Winter Catkins

My drawing of catkins has gone really well.  It took me about 4 mornings of an hour – 2 hours sketching each day.  Every time I sat back down to draw it seemed darker and I kept having to go over some previous completed areas.  By the third day I realised that the catkins themselves were darkening as they were drying out – 🙂

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These are the catkins that I plucked whilst walking Charlie,  I thought that in January / February there would be nothing worth sketching,  I’d already done holly and pine cones but no, I was wrong, there is plenty.

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A progress drawing, this is drawn on Daler Rowney Bristol Board,  it is a great surface for these small studies, it holds the graphite well and has a bright white look which then frames well….

The finished piece sitting in its white rustic frame.  The piece is 6 x 6″ and is framed to 8 x 8″.  If you would like to view it in my shop click here or on the image below…

framed pencil graphite drawing of winter catkins

Winter Catkins

Reunion Drawing – charcoal drawing of a family reunion, graphite snowberries & cricket mugs

This week has all been about working through this very technical drawing.  In the nick of time I figured out that you can work graphite with charcoal to help with those fine details on the very small faces.  This is a drawing from an old black and white photo that has been commissioned by a customer in Texas, USA.  The family will be reuniting again this year and he wanted it complete to share with them.

Here is a slides show of progress shots…

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Here is the completed drawing, winding its way to Texas

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Daily Sketches

Back to my botanical studies from life.  This time snowberries, a lovely gentle bunch of berries found in most hedgerows in winter.

graphite pencil drawing of snowberries framed in a wooden frame

Snowberries


Cricket Mugs

Finally I have some cricket mugs that I really love.  Initially going for two of my most popular drawings – That Taylor Catch and Swept Away if they prove successful I will introduce more of my designs.  Check out my collection on my website shop here or click on the image to follow the link.

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T20 Pet Portraits

I am delighted to roll out my new T20 Pet Portraits, so called because like the smaller version of a cricket match these are smaller pet portraits.  And as with T20 they have the same amount of excitement and skill as the fuller versions.

Each portrait is 5″ x 5″ in size, they are framed in either a white or black square frame with an overall external size of 8″ x 8″.  They are drawn in pencil on Arches watercolour paper to the same high standard and fine art detail that I apply to my full size portraits.

T20 pet portraits make a very unique gift for someone special, being the perfect size to give as a gift and for the all in price of £68 (plus postage).  To find out more follow the link to my T20 Portraits – below are some examples I have drawn to show you how wonderful they look.  Click on each one to be taken to my website page where you can purchase prints of them.

framed drawing of a dalmatian dog drawn in pencil graphite by pet artist

That Dalmatian Look

framed cocker spaniel drawing completed in pencil by Alsager pet artist

Cocker Joy

 

Black Labrador – original pencil drawing

My commissioned drawing of Alfie is now complete.  He has been drawn in graphite with some Conte pastel for his eyes.  Lots of shading to capture the dark and highlight contrast.

black labrador pencil and graphite drawing head shot with brown pastel eyes by Cheshire pet artist

Alfie