View Full Version : From Dusk till Dawn (owl in pastels) xp animals and wildlife

04-20-2013, 05:23 AM

Hi all, not posted for a while. Been really busy and I won a section in the SAA artist of the year competition (not with this painting) but this is my owl which I created from a really bad photo I took at the local bird of prey centre with the owl having closed eyes and behind wire mesh!
It is 20" x 20" and was completed in pastel pencils so took forever to do! I have entered this into a local exhibition later this year as I'm getting braver these days.
I have all the works in progress which I can post if anyone is interested, otherwise everything is on my facebook page.

04-20-2013, 05:36 AM
I would love to see your wip, so detailed and beautifully crafted

04-20-2013, 06:41 AM
Amazing work, i am just starting out in pastels and just checked out(and liked) your facebook page,some great work on there.


04-20-2013, 11:45 AM
stunning painting!! so much detail. waiting for the w.i.p.

Charles Perera
04-20-2013, 01:06 PM
surprisingly beautiful. The patience creative eye and photo realist to the extent that it is almost an " unblievable" pastel painting.

Thank you for posting . Please show us a WIP


water girl
04-20-2013, 06:37 PM
Yes, a WIP is always a great inspiration. I cannot believe the texture in the bark of the tree. I'd say that took an extra long time. Wonderful!

04-20-2013, 07:01 PM
Beautiful. :clap: :clap: Pam

04-21-2013, 02:45 AM
Yes, a WIP is always a great inspiration. I cannot believe the texture in the bark of the tree. I'd say that took an extra long time. Wonderful!

I agree. As I am one of those not wanting to join the Facebook, I would appreciate some steps here :angel:.

What a patience you have! The details are unbelievable. It takes an artist to see the potential in a bad reference photo!

04-21-2013, 04:03 AM
Really beautiful ! Master demonstration about pastel pencils.

04-21-2013, 04:32 AM
Wow ....love the detail...amazing....


04-21-2013, 01:33 PM
Thank you all, I'll dig out the stages and post them for you all as you seem quite interested. I think the bark is more real than the owl to be honest, I work for the Forestry Commission by day and I inspect trees for a living, perhaps that helped my technique! I've also realised I quite like trees so will try to add one to each of my pieces of artwork!

04-21-2013, 01:46 PM
As promised, some of the wip photos. You'll probably be surprised by my dotting all over the place, I'm never very organised and my artwork seems to follow suit. I have no idea how it happens, sometimes I'll just do sections, then I'll try to do areas of similar colour, then I'll do a favourite bit and so on! Sorry I can't explain. For info I used sienna pastelmat, only because I ordered the wrong colour, I had wanted brown with derwent, pitts and carbothello pastels pencils. I sketched out my layout with white pencil after lots of deliberation and cutting bits of paper out and arranging it like Blue Peter. However, I do find I change things actually on the paper too, in some areas there was meant to be more ivy, on other areas I added more, then I changed the branch 'in situ' as well so like I said, not at all organised!