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

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!

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!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Mountain Lion, With Aspen Tree - WIP-01

Photo Reference

Hi All,

While in Montana I took the reference photo for this new artwork. This Mountain Lion was so much fun to photograph, she was climbing trees, running all over and just plain having fun. This photo shoot was done in January so there was lots of snow on the ground, she just love the snow and was really enjoying it.

The piece is done with 100% colored pencil on light grey, Clairfontaine Pastelmat Card. The size is 26" x 18" and I don't have a title at this point. This is what I have done so far and will continue to post my updates as I go along. See the progress on my artwork below.

If you should have any questions don't hesitate to ask and comments are welcome. 

Don't forget to Keep Scribbling!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Alpha Pair - Wolves - Finished

Spirit Animals - Alpha Pair
Hi All,

Well.... I finally finished it and it's in time to enter it in Colored Pencil Society of America Exhibition. Yayyyyyy!!!

This piece is done with 100% Colored Pencil on Pastelmat Card, it's 16" x 20" and the title is, "Spirit Animals - Alpha Pair". 

It was created from a photo I took while observing a pack of wolves, while in Montana. I really enjoyed watching the interaction amongst wolves and especially the Alpha Pair. The interesting thing is the male is the one who is cowering down to the female. I took several photos of the pack so I hope to do some more of them in the near future.

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

Don't forget to keep Scribbling!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Alpha Pair - WIP06 - Wolves

Spirit Animals - Alpha Pair
Hello All,

Here's my next update. I got the black wolf done but I can see some tweaks I need to do. I'm now going to move over to the male wolf's body.

I absolutely have to get this done by the end of the month, this is one of my entries for the Colored Pencil Society of America Exhibition. It sure seems as if I've gotten a ton of interruptions this past couple of months but I think I can really dedicate  some time this month to finish it.

I think I can.... I think I can.... I think I can.... LOL!

This piece is done with 100% colored pencil on pastelmat card and is 20" x 16". It's done from a photo I took while in Montana in January of 2018. If you have any questions or comments let me know.

Don't for get to keep scribbling! Gemma

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Workshop Books on Amazon

Hello Everyone,

Good news... 4 of my workshop books are now available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook. For those of you who don't have a kindle you can still view it with a Kindle App on your devices. You can just search for Gemma Gylling, on Amazon and you will see the books that are now available. I also have them available, as softcover book, on my website, the projects that require suede mat board will have a piece of suede mat board included, go to My Website.

Don't forget to Keep Scribbling!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Alpha Pair - WIP05 - Wolves

Spirit Animals - The Alpha Pair

Hello All,

Here's the next update to my Alpha Pair drawing. It's going slow, because I have been soooo busy. Hopefully after this week I can spend a lot more time on it.

This piece is done with Colored Pencils on white, Clairefontaine Pastelmat and it's 20" x 16". It's created from a photo that I took while in Montana at Triple D Wildlife. This is just a portion of the entire piece, the composition when finished will look like the reference photo crop. An image of the reference photo is below.

This pair of wolves were the alpha pair of a pack of wolves I was photographing. I was so interested in the interaction between the two... it was so much fun watching them and photographing them.

I did decide on a title, I'm going to call it "Spirit Animals - The Alpha Pair". If you should have any questions or comments please let me know.

Don't forget to keep Scribbling!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

New SOAR Workshop coming up!

Good News! I'm going to be teaching a workshop in Cedar Rapids, IA, June 29-30, 2019. 

Come join us! 
Go to this link for more info: 


Friday, February 1, 2019

Alpha Pair - WIP04 - Wolves

Alpha Pair
Hello All,

Here is the next update on the piece I'm working on. This piece is done from a photo I took in January 2018 at Triple D Wildlife in Kalispell, Montana. It was such a thrill to be able to photograph the animals in the snow.

This piece is "20 x 16", it's 100% colored pencil, on Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card (white).

At this time I don't have a title but I am considering several, here's a list of what I've thought of:

Trust Your Instincts - The Alpha Pair
Call of the Wild - The Alpha Pair
Power of Instincts - The Alpha Pair
Spirit Animals - The Alpha Pair 
Power of Leadership - The Alpha Pair

Reference Photo
As you can see I want the words The Alpha Pair in the title because I just seem to like that or at least away to tell the viewer that these two are in fact an alpha pair. When photographing them I was actually taking photos of a pack of wolves but I was so interested in the interaction of this pair, I took a lot of photos of just them. If you want, you can help me to decide on which title to choose or if you have another suggestion let me know.

The second image is the reference photo and it's the full composition of the piece, the update is only a portion of the full piece.

Keep Scribbling!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Alpha Pair - Wolves - WIP03

Hello again, here is the last two updates for now. See original post, Alpha Pair - WIP01, for reference photo and details. 
Keep Scribbling, Gemma

Alpha Pair - Wolves - WIP 02

Hello Again,

Here is the next three updates to the Alpha Pair of Wolves, I'm still trying to come up with a good title.

This piece is being done on Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card, it's 100% colored pencil and the size is 20" x 16".

Any questions or comments are welcome.

Keep Scribbling!