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

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Young Elephant and Older Sibling WIP-01


Work in Progress

This is a work in progress (WIP) of a pair of elephants, a baby and an older sibling. I took the reference photo, that I'm using, to create this artwork, while in Botswana. We were in an underground photographic hide so I was able to get some really cool photos at ground level. The hide was located right next to a waterhole, where you can photograph several different species but it is a favorite of the different herds of elephants on the Mashatu wildlife reserve. The photographic hide was the highlight of our trip!

I decided to create this piece on Strathmore
Reference Photo
500 Bristol Velum, so this is a whole new surface for me. So far I'm liking the surface but I have to say, I think I prefer the pastelmat, so... we shall see.


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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Mountain Lion with Aspen Tree - "A Sudden Encounter"

A Sudden Encounter
The photo I posted before of "A Sudden Encounter" was a scan that I did and stitched together. I just got my professional digital copy of the piece back and the colors are much more truer to the original. So... I thought I would re-post the piece so that you can see the truer colors.

Title: A Sudden Encounter
Medium: 100% Colored Pencil
Surface: Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card
Size: 26" x 18"

This piece is now available in a limited edition print and greeting cards:
https://gemmagylling.com/prints/print-13/

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

Keep Scribbling!
Gemma

Friday, September 27, 2019

Mountain Lion, with Aspen Tree, WIP-04, Finished!

Well..... I'm calling this one done!
Title: "A Sudden Encounter"
Size: 26" x 18"
Medium: 100% Colored Pencil
Substrate: Clairfontaine Pastelmat Card
If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to speak up.
Keep Scribbling!
Gemma

"A Sudden Encounter"


Closeup of "A Sudden Encounter"


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mountain Lion, with Aspen Tree, WIP-03



Hello All,

Well...... I'm getting close to finishing this piece. I only have the mountain lion's right arm and and right side behind the tree to do. Then I will do some editing/fixing things, that I think I may have to do. I find it helps me to see the piece in a whole new light when it's posted on the computer. It causes you to look at it in a whole different way and really helps to see the little things you may have missed or just needs fixing.

Here are the details of the piece:
medium: Colored Pencils
surface: Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card,
size: 26" x 18"

I haven't decided on a title yet, but I do have a few in mind, here are some of my thoughts on a title:

"The Art of Survival"
"The Lookout"
"Center of Attention"
"The Silent Sentinel"
"A Sudden Encounter"
"Behind the Scenes"

What are your thoughts on these titles? Don't forget to keep scribbling
Gemma

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

International Artist Magazine Article

Hi All,

I got a package today in the mail, I was so excited when I opened it up. I've been waiting to announce this fantastic news! What I got in the mail was 10 copies of International Artist Magazine, the October/November issue... you ask why???? Why, 10 copies.... well, because I have an article in this magazine about my art and how I create my art. It had a 10 page article of how I created my wolves titled: Spirit Animals - Alpha Pair. This has been a life long dream of mine, I have always wanted to have my art featured in a major art magazine and here it is, wow! Here are the images of my article. 
If any of you should have any questions about this issue just let me know. Don't forget to keep scribbling!
Gemma

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mountain Lion, With Aspen Tree - WIP-02


Hi All,

Here's an update to the Mountain Lion with the Aspen Tree. I didn't like the background I had before so I added more blue to the whole background. I also finished the upper part of the Aspen Tree and added the Cougars two paws. I still need to refine the paws but for now this is what I have so far. 

For those of you who didn't see the previous post... I took the reference photo while I was in Montana in January of 2018. It was really cold but soooo worth the trip in the snow to get this photo of a life time. I just love it when I'm able to get that one shot that I had no idea I was going to be able to get. To me.... going out and taking the photos is just as much a part of total creation of the final artwork. I love, love, love, taking the photos, then examining all of them and then coming up with that composition which is unique and totally my own.

The final artwork will be 26" x 18", it's done on Clairfontaine Pastelmat Card and done with 100% Colored Pencils. I tend to use a variety of pencil brands both wax based and oil based pencils. I also like to use solvent to help blend and also brushing with a scrubber brush to blend. I then, like to use a ceramic utility knife to scratch out some of the lighter hairs. I haven't added the whiskers yet because I wait to do those at the end.

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