Friday, September 30, 2016

Elephants, Work in Progress 03



Hello All,
Well this has been very slow going but I finally have an update. The finished piece is done from a photo that I took at a wildlife sanctuary where I am a docent. The name of the sanctuary is Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The reference photo is of two elephants that are always together and their names are Mara and Maggie. I have one of the elephants done so far. One thing I have to say is..... Elephant skin is sooooo boring!!!!! LOL! That probably has a lot to do with why this is taking such a long time.
If you have any question or comments don't hesitate to speak up.
The info on this artwork is as follows: Photo Reference: My Own Title: BFF's Size: 16" x 24" Medium: Colored Pencil on very light tan, Suede Mat Board
Don't forget to keep Scribbling! Gemma

Friday, August 19, 2016

Elephants Work in Progress 02


Hello All, 

Here's an update to my Elephants. I haven't gotten a whole lot done but the skin has lots of details and is somewhat boring to do, LOL. 

This time I scanned it rather than photograph it from my iPhone so the colors are much more truer.

Title: BFF's
Size: 16" x 24"
Medium: Colored Pencil on Suede Mat Board

If you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to speak up.  Don't forget to Keep Scribbling!  Cheers, Gemma, CPSA, AFC

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's Been A Long Time! Elephants Work in Progress 01

Hello All,

It's been along long time since I have been able to do any artwork.

I am now back at it and hope to stay motivated to get some work done, it does feel good to be back at the drawing table.

I took this photo of a couple of elephants at a sanctuary where I am a docent.  The name of the sanctuary is Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).  These two elephants are Maggie and Mara.  I'm thinking of titling this piece "BFF's" because they are always together.  This piece is being done on light tan Suede Mat Board, it's done with 100% colored pencils and the size is 16" x 24".

Here is the work in progress, it's the upper left corner of the piece.

I had started this piece before and thought it might be interesting to do it on smooth white paper.  I just wasn't happy with the way it was going so I decided to try it, this time, on the Suede Mat Board and I am liking it much better, so far.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments if you want. Good to be back!   Don't forget to keep Scribbling!  Gemma

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sharpened Artist Podcast Interview of Gemma!!


John Middick and Lisa Lachri interviewed me in a podcast and it's now released. I'm very excited to have this opportunity to put out a good word about our medium, colored pencil, and the chance to talk about my artwork. Here's the link to the podcast:  http://sharpenedartist.com/podcast/2015/9/7/interview-with-gemma-gylling

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Endangered Reflections, Work in Progress 7


Endangered Reflections
Hi All,

Well.... It's finally finished!!!!  This piece was done with 100% Colored Pencils on Suede Mat Board.

Title:  Endangered Reflections
Size:  22" X 12"
Medium:  Colored Pencil
Reference Photo:  My own photo taken while in Montana
Subject:  Amur Leopard

It's part of my Reflections series, number three of the series.

If you have any questions let me know.  Don't forget to keep Scribbling!

Gemma

Friday, August 7, 2015

Endangered Reflections, Work in Progress 6

Endangered Reflections

Hello All,

Sorry I haven't posted an update for a while but I was in Atlanta at the Colored Pencil Society of America convention.  After I got back it took a few days before I could start working on it again.

I am almost finished with the log, I still have some work to do on the left side of it.  I did however, add a little bit of the water and reflections (I just couldn't help myself, I can't wait to get started on the reflections, LOL).

As I mentioned in my past postings this piece is done with 100% colored pencil on suede mat board (light tan).  The size is 12" x 22" and the title is "Endangered Reflections".  

The leopard is an Amur Leopard.  The Amur Leopard is native to the Primorye region of southeastern Russia and the Jilin Province of northeast China.  There are less than 100 of these leopards left in the wild, they are at the verge of becoming extinct.  There are some conservation efforts currently trying to save the species.  If you are interested in reading about them and the conservation efforts, simply Google "Amur Leopard" and you will find quite a bit of information regarding the species

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

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Endangered Reflections, Work in Progress 5

Endangered Reflections

Hello All,

Here's another update of my Amur Leopard piece.  This will be part of my "Reflections" series.  This update is only part of the finished piece.  There is a lot more at the bottom of this piece where there will be quite a bit of the reflection.

The piece is 22" x 12", is 100% colored pencils on suede mat board.  I'm using a variety of brands which includes Prismacolor, Lyra Polychromos, Derwent Colorsoft, Derwent Studios and Caran d'Ache Poblo.  I'm also using the White Stabilo All Marking pencil for the whites, this pencil works really well on the suede mat board, it doesn't skip as much as a regular white pencil.

I will now start working on the log that the leopard is standing on and then on to the water and reflections.

If you should have any questions or comments just speak up.

Don't forget to Keep Scribbling!
Gemma

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Endangered Reflections, Work in Progress 4

Hello All,

Here's another update to my "Endangered Reflections" piece.

This leopard is an Amur Leopard, which is critically endangered.  There are approximately only 60 left in the wild.  I took the reference photo of this beautiful animal while at a sanctuary in Montana.  He is an incredible animal, it's to bad there are so few left in the wild.

This image of my progress is just a small part of the total piece.  I'm really looking forward to starting on the reflections and the log he's standing on.  I'll start all of that ass soon as I have the leopard done.  I have the background done already I tend to always do the background first, if I don't I at least have it completely planned a head.  Although it may look like the part I have already finished looks like it's done I will continue to tweak it as I go, I find that's necessary as I complete the surrounding areas.

Title:  Endangered Reflections
Size:  22" x 12"
Medium:  Colored Pencil
Surface:  Suede Mat Board
Reference Photo: My photo, take while in Montana.

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

Endangered Reflections, Work in Progress 3

Endangered Reflections, WIP

Hello All,

Here's another update to my "Endangered Reflections" piece.

This leopard is an Amur Leopard, which is critically endangered.  There are approximately only 60 left in the wild.  I took the reference photo of this beautiful animal while at a sanctuary in Montana.  He is an incredible animal, it's to bad there are so few left in the wild.

This image of my progress is just a small part of the total piece.  I'm really looking forward to starting on the reflections and the log he's standing on.  I'll start all of that ass soon as I have the leopard done.  I have the background done already I tend to always do the background first, if I don't I at least have it completely planned a head.  Although it may look like the part I have already finished looks like it's done I will continue to tweak it as I go, I find that's necessary as I complete the surrounding areas.

Title:  Endangered Reflections
Size:  22" x 12"
Medium:  Colored Pencil
Surface:  Suede Mat Board
Reference Photo: My photo, take while in Montana.

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Endangered Reflections, Work in Progress 2

WIP, Second Update

Hello All,

Here's a small update to my Amur Leopard.  This is just a very small section of the full piece.

Title:  Endangered Reflections
Size:  22" X 12"
Medium:  Colored Pencil
Surface:  Suede Mat Board
Reference Photo:  My photo, taken while in Montana.

Comments are welcome!  Keep Scribbling!!

Gemma

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Endangered Reflections

Hello All,

It is so nice to be back working on my artwork for myself; it’s been a long time.  With the book and the Craftsy online course I just haven’t had the time to work on my own stuff.

I took the photo of this Amur Leopard while I was at a wildlife sanctuary in Montana.  This will be one of the “Reflection” series I started a while back.

Size:  22” x 12”
Medium:  Colored Pencil (Prismacolor, Lyra, Colorsoft and Derwent Studios)
Surface:  Champagne colored suede mat board
Title:  Endangered Reflections
Reference:  My own photo

The first image is the reference photo and the second image is just a small section of the piece I'm working on.

I'm still working on this area and still need to push the values a bit more.  I thought I'd post a work in progress of this piece.

It's so nice to be back working at my own art!

Don't forget to keep scribbling!!
Gemma

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hello All,

I thought I would repost the Scratchboard piece I did titled "Pride and Glory".  I had it professionally photographed and this looks more like the original piece.  I'm much happier with the image now.

This was done on Ampersand's Black Scratchbord and then colorized with Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils.  I used the Inktense as watercolor pencils and painted on the color.  The size is 14" x 11".

I am really enjoying the scratchboard!

Don't forget to keep scribbling!!
Gemma