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! 
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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!

Alpha Pair - Wolves - WIP 01

 Hello Everyone!

Well, well, well.... it's been forever since I posted here. There really isn't any excuse but I just thought I would mention, I was having a big problem with my website. I had to redesign it and it took two times, redesigning before I finally decided to change hosts and go for complete new software to do it. Then I had to start all over again and there was a huge learning curve. So.... between that, joining the SOAR with Ann, program, teaching workshops and lots more, I just haven't been here. So sorry!

I'll try to catch up on some of my comings and goings but for now I thought I would show you my newest piece I'm working on.

The top image is the photo I'm working from. I took this photo while in Montana at Triple D, in the snow, last January. While I was there I was taking a photography workshop with Kathleen Reeder (at, I highly recommend her workshops she's the one who I went with for another photography workshop to Africa. I'll try to post some images, later, that I took while there. That's another whole new story I have to get caught up on.

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.

The next image is where I started, creating the snow in the background. As you can see, I decided to take my creative license to leave out and add a bit here and there that I thought would enhance the overall composition.

Then I started working on the female wolf, she is the black wolf. As you can see, I have just posted the progress as I continue along so there is not much to say about it. 

One thing I would like to mention is that it is difficult to capture the artwork the way it really is at this point because there is so much contrast between the dark wolf and the white paper, but the images will improve as I get more of the surrounding area in.

I'll be creating a few more posts because I have actually got 11 total progress shots. 

This piece is done with 100% colored pencil on white Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card and it's 20" x 16".

If you have any comments or questions let me know.

Keep Scribbling!