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I really got a great bunch of photographs from my most recent trip to the National Aviary with my fiance. Needless to say, they have been a huge inspiration in my pastel drawings. This is one of their famed Rainbow Lorikeets (you can feed them nectar!).
This piece is 240cm x 300cm (~9.5×12”)
I love the look he was giving me.
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This is a 3 dimensional painting on 8X8 canvas. The tentacles coming out of the canvas were made from MagicSculpt.
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And here is a little bit of the making of “I Hear You Have Crabs.”
This is “Ralph.” He lives at the National Aviary (go see him!). It’s my latest pastel pencil drawing. This is on 9.5″ x 12″ PastelMat and drawn with PanPastel and Gioconda Pastel Pencils. I’m pretty stoked with how it turned out!
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I finally completed my Carolina Anole! I digitally painted this using the Procreate app on an iPad Air (such a perfect bday/christmas gift from my fiance Tamaryn!). It’s based on a photo I took in Florida. It took about a month to paint, working on it mostly during my lunch break (and a few evenings and airport sittings). There are a million details I could fix and make more realistic, but I’ve hit the point at which I just feel like calling it done.
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Finally getting a decent hang of combining PanPastels and Gioconda pastel pencils on PastelMat (oh and a decent amount of black and white charcoal for highlighting in
this piece). I love this stuff.
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