Today I have spent a couple of hours adding extra detail to the little Bluebird. I love it when I get to this stage as the coloured pencil really starts to pop out! The coloured pencils are not sharp enough to get really fine detail so I’ve use graphite for the feather details on the Bluebird.
I am never buying artist loft coloured pencils again! The nib is contantly breaking so everything is taking longer than it should. I’ve used coloured pencil with mineral spirits for background to keep the painterly effect. If I created this piece again I would definitely spend more time getting the depth of colour in the background with the watercolour first.
Tomorrow I’ll be working on the blue crackled jug!
My first collection of fine art for my etsy shop is incorporating my favourite bird…the Bluebird!
From ‘Zip-a-dee-Doo-da’ to ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ these delightful little birds envoke happiness and sentimentality.
Keep an eye on my blog as I go through my process to create my work and once finished this cheeky little bird will be available to buy on Etsy.
Today I started, by drawing out my design. I have very little time to take my own beautiful still life images and perfectly capture a Bluebird; so instead I am using 100% royalty free photographs from Dreamtime. I have combined two images for this piece as I want to incorporate the Bluebird into the still life.
I wanted to use coloured pencil for the main images, as I love the vibrant colours and detail you can achieve, but for the background I have used watercolour as it is faster and I wanted to create texture. Once I had drawn the image I used masking fluid to block out the main images so I could freely paint the background.
Here comes the fun part! Once the background was dry I peeled off the masking fluid, to reveal the white paper (sooo satisfying)
I have then started to use coloured pencils to render the foreground. I am using artist loft and spectrum pencils which are archival. This is important if you want the artwork to last. I build up layers of pencil using ‘brush and pencil-textured fixative’ between the layers.
It’s good to get out and about! Today the sun is shining so we headed to the beach. Two dogs and two children. I take photos where ever I go (my family often find this amusing) , I find colours, textures, things that interest me and get some strange looks from people passing by. I keep a visual diary through photos and sketches which I can always refer to for inspiration or reminisce fond memories. Here is a few of my photos from today…
This year there will be patterns, prints, original paintings and much more! Keep coming back to the the website as I am working on it daily. Take a look at my Facebook page to see some of my artwork, JayPea Facebook Me