Friday, October 30, 2020

Bobcat Running in the Snow - Work in Progress - 03

 

Snow Much Fun

Hi All,

I haven't had a chance to work much on the bobcat, mainly because I've been working on a few gifts for family members. I just finished crocheting a cute little baby blanket for my niece's first grandchild, that should be born mid November. The mother and father just loved the blanket, that always makes me feel good when their happy with the gift.

As for the bobcat.... I decided on a title, with a lot of help from all of you. This piece has been challenging but fun to do. Creating the snow has been the biggest challenge especially the scattered snow on top of the bobcat. I'm still working on some of what looks like it's done so hopefully you'll see some improvement on the next update.

Here's the info on this piece:

Title: "Snow Much Fun"
Medium: Colored Pencil on Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card
Size: 12" x 18"

I thought I would share with you a technique I used to do the snow on top of the bobcat. I created a powder from my watercolor pencils by grinding them with a tea strainer into a little cup. From there I added a bit of water by dipping my brush in water to create a somewhat thick paint. I then painted the snow on top of the fur of the bobcat. It was lots of fun playing with this technique, a whole new way to add light colors on top of dark colors with colored pencils. This is a technique I've used for a long time but I haven't done it in such a great quantity.

Keep Scribbling!
Gemma 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Bobcat Running in the Snow - Work in Progress - 02

 


Hi Everyone!

I haven't had a chance to work to much on this piece but, I thought I would post an update anyway. I've had a really busy time so haven't had a lot of extra time to do art, hopefully this will change soon. As I move along it will most likely start looking like a bobcat running in the snow, for now this is it, LOL.

This is done with 100% Colored Pencil on white Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card and the size is 12" x 18". The image above is what I've gotten done so far.

I haven't come up with a title yet but do have several in mind. I'm kind of leaning towards, "Snow Much Fun" or "Pawsitively Chilly". Here is a list of the titles I have come up with so far, maybe you can help me out:
  • Stay on Track
  • Snow Much Fun
  • Dashing Thru the Snow
  • Pawsitively Chilly
  • Up to Snow Good
  • Wild at Heart
  • Winter Wonderland 
  • Rise and Glide
  • Snow Way Out
  • Frosty Fun
  • Paradise Doesn’t Have to be Tropical 
The reference photo I used to create this work was taken by myself while visiting Triple D Wildlife in Montana. I was there in January 2018 and I absolutely had a blast. I have to say it was interesting, for this California girl, to be there in the snow. I got a ton of photos while I was there, and I'm sure, I will do more artwork from that photo shoot. At this point I've already done 4 others. I posted the reference photo in the first posting on this work in progress.

If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to speak up.

Keep Scribbling!
Gemma




Wednesday, September 16, 2020

CP Treasures, Vol. 7, Book, Now Released

Hello Everyone!

I am extremely honored to finally be able to tell everyone that the new "CP Treasures, Colored Pencil Masterworks From Around the Globe" Vol. 7 (book), is now released and it has my artwork in it!!!! Thank you Ann Kullberg and your fantastic team for choosing my art to be accompanied with so many other outstanding artists. It's an amazing feeling to be included.

If any of you are interested in purchasing this fantastic collection of Colored Pencil artists work go to this link: https://annkullberg.com/products/cp-treasures-volume-vii



Friday, September 11, 2020

Bobcat Running in the Snow - Work in Progress




Hello All,

It's been a while since I posted "work in progress" so I thought I would post my newest piece I'm working on.

This is done with 100% Colored Pencil on white Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card and the size is 12" x 18". The image is the first one above, and it's what I've gotten done so far, it's the upper left area of the artwork. I've also posted a closeup (second image down, above) so you can take a look at the snow flakes I have done so far.

I haven't come up with a title yet but do have several in mind. Here is a list of the titles I have come up with so far, maybe you can help me out:
  • Stay on Track
  • Snow Much Fun
  • Dashing Thru the Snow
  • Pawsitively Chilly
  • Up to Snow Good
  • Wild at Heart
  • Winter Wonderland 
  • Rise and Glide
  • Snow Way Out
  • Frosty Fun
  • Paradise Doesn’t Have to be Tropical 
The reference photo I used to create this work was taken by myself while visiting Triple D Wildlife in Montana. I was there in January 2018 and I absolutely had a blast. I have to say it was interesting, for this California girl, to be there in the snow. I got a ton of photos while I was there, and I'm sure, I will do more artwork from that photo shoot. At this point I've already done 4 others. The reference photo used is below.

If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to speak up.

Keep Scribbling!
Gemma



Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"Call of the Wild", Mountain Lion

"Call of the Wild"


Hello All,

Well... I finally finished it. This piece was a bit out of my comfort zone. I typically don't do graphite but I thought I would give it a try. I thought I would do a small portrait to play with it a bit. It's kind of nice working a bit smaller, I usually work quite large.

Title: "Call of the Wild"
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Size: 12" x 9"

Thanks for looking and Keep Scribbling!
Gemma

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Portrait of a Cheetah



Today I finished a small piece of artwork, it's a portrait of a Cheetah. It was fun to create this little piece while practicing social distancing. 

I took the photo I used to create this, while I was in Botswana. The size is only 8" x  8", it's done with colored pencils on white pastelmat card and the title is "Don't Fence Me In".

If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate.

Keep Scribbling,
Gemma

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Young Elephant and Older Sibling WIP-07 and finished!!!

"They Love, They Play, They Mourn - Save Them!"
Hi All,

Well..... I finally.... finished it!!!! 

Title: "They Love, They Play, They Mourn - Save Them"
Medium: 100% Colored Pencil
Surface: Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum
Size: 16" x 20"
Reference Photo: Was photographed by me while in Botswana
The third piece in my "Save the Elephants" series.

Keep Scribbling!
Gemma

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Young Elephant and Older Sibling WIP-06

Work in Progress with Colored Pencils

Hi All,

I'm FINALLY feeling better after about 2 weeks of a really bad flu/cold, it really had me down for the count. We stayed home for both Christmas and New Years because I was feeling so bad. But.... I'm doing great now.

I was able to get more done on the baby elephant. Most of the face is done and I'm now working on his/her ear. 

This is the third piece of my "Save the Elephants" series and I still have a few more in mind to do, in the series, in the near future. The reference photo I used to create this piece, I took while I was in Botswana in an underground hide, along side a watering hole (pond). I took thousands of photos while on that trip, it really was a wonderful experience.

The info on the piece is as follows:
Title: They Love, They Play, They Mourn - Save Them
Medium: 100% Colored Pencil
Surface: Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum
Size: 16" x 20"
Reference Photo: I took while in Botswana

If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to speak up.
Keep Scribbling
Gemma

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Young Elephant and Older Sibling WIP-05

Work in Progress with Colored Pencils

Hi All,

I haven't had a chance to work much on this, I have a bad cold and just don't feel like drawing. So.... I thought I would at least post what I have so far. Hopefully, I'll start feeling better soon and get the energy to get back on it. I've gotten a good part of the baby elephant done. 

As I've mentioned before this is one part of my "Save the Elephants" series.

Title: "They Love, They Play, They Mourn - Save Them"
Medium: 100% Colored Pencil
Surface: Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum
Size: 16" x 20"
Reference Photo: My own, taken while I was in Africa

If you should have any questions or comments don't hesitate to speak up.
Keep Scribbling!
Gemma


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Young Elephant and Older Sibling WIP-04

Work in Progress in Colored Pencils
Hi All,

Here is the next update on the latest Elephant drawing. This image is a bit better than the last, it's not as dark and truer to the real colors. As I mentioned before it's going slow but I did manage to get the baby elephant's trunk and tusk done and moving up his forehead.

Title: They Love, They Play, They Mourn - Save Them!
Medium: 100% Colored Pencil
Surface: Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum
Size 16" x 20"
Reference Photo: My own, taken when I was in Africa

If you have have any questions or comments don't hesitate to speak up.
Keep Scribbling,
Gemma

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Young Elephant and Older Sibling WIP-03

Work in Progress in Colored Pencils


Hello Again,

Well.... here I am SLOWLY creating elephant skin, LOL. I have now finished the larger elephant in the piece and just got started on the baby elephant.

As I mentioned before, this is part of my "Save the Elephants" series and I have a few more planned for the series. I was fortunate enough to get hundreds of photos of elephants on my last trip to Africa. I love these wonderful creatures and hope that in some small way my series will bring some awareness of the serious plight they are in.

Title: "They Love, They Play, They Mourn - Save Them"
Medium: 100% Colored Pencil
Surface: Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum
Size: 16" x 20"
Reference Photo: My own photo, taken by me

If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to speak up.
Keep Scribbling!

Gemma

Monday, November 18, 2019

Young Elephant and Older Sibling WIP-02

Work in Progress, in Colored Pencils
Hello All,

This piece seems to be going slow but it is coming along nicely. I think one of the reasons it's going so slow is because elephant skin can be VERY BORING to draw, LOL! It can be hard to work lots of hours at a time on elephant skin because of that. So... I will keep plugging away on this piece but it may take a while.

Elephants are such incredible animals. Not only are they the largest land animal they are also incredibly intelligent! I think they are one of my favorite animals! They're now listed on the vulnerable list and are close to being considered endangered. My hope is that people will come to understand the impact we are having on the existence of these incredible animals and will stop poaching them and do what they can to respect and save them. That is one of my reasons for creating my "Save the Elephants" series. This piece is the third in the series and I have plans to continue to add to the series.

The piece is done on Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum. I have to say, I like it but, I like the Pastelmat better.

Title: "They Love, They Play, They Mourn - Save Them"
Medium: 100% Colored Pencil
Size: 16" x 20"
Reference Photo: My own photo, taken by me

If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to speak up.
Keep Scribbling!

Gemma