View Full Version : wolves and swan- soft pastel

02-11-2006, 11:49 AM
i am getting to be a pro at this posting attachments thing :)

These are unfinished works ( except for the swan ) Sorry if you already saw them in the pastel forum...

The wolves are going to be entrys for a educational poster contest,
all are soft pastel. Sorry the images are so small- I haven't figured that part out yet.

C&C welcome Thanks

02-11-2006, 12:08 PM
WOW! Jennifer! :eek: ! These are AMAZING! :clap::clap::clap::clap:
Thanks for sharing!

02-11-2006, 12:10 PM
I absolutely LOVE everything about your style, and these pictures are superb! Do you have a website?


02-11-2006, 12:27 PM
no, no web site yet. My problem is that I don't have a backlog of work laying around- I finish it, if it's sale-able, it goes right to the gallery. Up until this week, I photographed everything with my regular 35mm, so i just have those pics for my own records, they aren't exactly professional shots. Now that i have a computer AND a digital camera, i can keep better photographical records and also use the pics for a website, which i will probaby have within the next 6 months or so.

Its funny what you say about style, because I don't feel I have one! :crying:

Thanks for your nice comments!

02-11-2006, 02:09 PM
Sounds familiar - I've done work in the past never thinking I'd have a website one day! Well at least you have your camera now, that's the main thing. As for style, I think you do have one. The way you lay down colours as if they are airbrushed on, and the vibrant colours you use all point to a 'style' for me. The fact that you do what you do very well is a huge bonus IMO.


02-11-2006, 03:14 PM
I love your work. What's not finished about them, they look done to me. I especially love the swan. The lighting on it is wonderful. :clap: :clap: :clap: . Can't wait to see your website.

Sandy :-)

02-11-2006, 04:41 PM
Oh my goodness your work is so beautiful! I am in awwww! I really love the swan! Maybe you could a wip of your work sometimes!


02-12-2006, 10:42 AM
Beautiful work!!! I especially like the swan. You did an outstanding job on the water.

:clap: :clap:


02-12-2006, 11:08 AM
nice handling of the medium Jennifer...the head of the swan very lovely...

Other than what we see on television sometimes....I actually encountered and saw my first wolf in the wild this year in NW Wisconsin. I was estatic and overcome with the moment and had to call my son immediately on our walkie talkies as he was on another ridge north of me and perhaps the wolf was moving to get out of his way. It was a huge black wolf...

The fur struck me as far more less manicured that we many wildlife artists tend to idealize. Giving it a more wild, hunting, needing to survice...appearance. I think it came off as a result more intimidating, more wild.

Our grooming or idealized form gives them more a managed canine look...

What else can we do though than go with such?

I wonder...since many of us photograph them at zoos, pens and such where they are more docile in their living, waiting for food to be given them...that we are thus seeing a much less natural look as compared to wolves in the wild.

We have a pack of seven wolves nearby that have been spotted a number of times...and we have come across rib cages of large deer taken down and consumed. I could only hope to be so fortunate as to see them one day. How wonderful...

02-12-2006, 11:45 AM
larry u r right and i think thats what is bothering me about the wolves- for one, alot of the reference photos look like wolves in "the wild" when they are actually captive wolves photographed in wild places, you know? Real wolves are certainly a bit more bedraggled and less manicured.. I'm afraid the single wolf painting looks too much like a huskey. i know someone with a 90% wolf hybrid, but in reality, he's a pampered housepet, not a good "fur" reference. What a face though- has this huge head- huge body too.

lucky for you to see one...a black one, no less...in the wild, that's not too common. I know there are a few in your area. Down here we have foxes, coyotes, a few black bears but no wolves...too bad, it would probably take care of our deer problem. Still whenever they try to re-inhabit NJ with an animal, a year or so goes by, a few show up in someones backyard and next thing you know, everyone wants to start shooting them. We juat have too many people here, thats the problem. ( and more coming everyday )

Thanks for your comments Linda/jody/sandy- no website yet- I was thinking of just using myname.com- but there's already a site with the same name and GUESS what THEY sell- penis extensions. I should have a site within 6 months or so.

02-12-2006, 02:46 PM
Your work is gorgeous, gorgeous. Total WOW factor. I do really like your wolves, but the swan is absolutely fabulous. The subtle colors in it are just perfect and your rendering of the water is wonderful. Really, really lovely work.
Carol :wave:

02-13-2006, 04:13 AM
Wowowowowwww!!!!! I am in awe. Excellent work!!!!!! :D
Your work is on the level of some of the wildlife artists I admired when I was younger. Good luck with the contest!

(I gotta get me a set of soft pastels, some of the more amazing animal fur on this forum is done with soft pastel) :)

p.s. Where do you get/take your reference photos?

-- Linda

02-13-2006, 08:28 AM
That's pastel!? How did you do that? They look absolutely wonderful! I love the swan, the water is amazing. I have a complete lack of talent when it comes to drawing water. :\

And I know what you mean about NJ! Too many people! It's not as bad when I'm in Hackettstown though(like now).

02-13-2006, 08:36 AM
Your work is absolutely STUNNING! Where do you get your references from? :)

02-13-2006, 09:16 AM
thanks carol, linda,WS, and claire-
I don't have to explain the problems associated with "copying" a photographers work- I could use up to maybe 10 references for one painting-

I have stacks and stacks of references- pictures I've taken, wildlife books and magazines both new or scavanged from second hand stores, including "kids" books about nature/wildlife, photographs given to me by generous photographer friends- i'll use eyes from one photo, fur from three, positioning from another....I go to taxidermists and sweettalk them into letting me take pictures of their mounts- if I see a horse farm, I'll knock on the door and offer the owner a painting of their horse in exchange for allowing me to photograph the whole group of horses- whatever it takes! I have some friends in Ducks Unlimited, I've gotten pictures from them, and one has offered to take me on some "no kill" hunting trips (with my camera) but something about getting up at 2am makes me keep putting that one off....

Anyway, it's not easy but you can find the material if you look hard enough. I wish I had the means to just BUY some straight up photographs from some of the great nature photographers out there, it would be alot easier. And I have to admit that doing it my way doesn't always work, but it works enough of the time to make it worth my while.
thanks again- have a great day!

02-13-2006, 09:16 AM
Yes, stunning work! Is this on velour? I looked back and read the thread but could not find where you mention your support or the sizes. Well done Jennifer!

02-13-2006, 09:16 AM

Wow!! Fabulous!!

What brand do you use? I'm looking to invest in a new set and have been researching a little, but I would love to hear from the artists that use them.

Good luck with the contest!


02-13-2006, 09:21 AM
ps- there are wildlife refuges- even small ones- pretty much everywhere and they are usually accomadating when you want to get some photographs- one near me will even allow you INSIDE their enclosures so you don't get chicken wire as a "screen" covering every shot! (Obviously you should ask permission and have someone escort you around and not go inside the cages/enclosures on your own) It helps if you make some kind of donation to the organization too. You could even offer 10% of the sales of whatever art you produce from the pictures, or something like that.

02-13-2006, 09:29 AM
this is great- i haven't gotten this much attention since I got my breast implants! (ha ha just kidding- no implants for me - don't NEED them)

Barb and BD
all are on Colorfix sanded paper, roughly 18 x 24 (swan is 16 x something) except for the single wolf- that is on Ampersand Pastel board- awesome to work on but a little more expensive -pastels are nupastel, rembrandt, schminke, sennelier, winsor newton, diane townsend and assorted pastel pencils- which are the best way for me to get the detail I am a slave to...

I like the velour but not enough to use it consistantly- there is something about the scratchy sound of pastels hitting the sanded paper that I love- plus velour gives you a softer blurred effect and I like sharper detail.