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Ace Cartoonized!!!

Posted in Animal/Wildlife Blogs, Art Blogs with tags , , , on November 29, 2013 by camsart7

The wonderful people at MontMarteArt are running a competition to cartoonize people.  I thought I’d give them a challenge and I sent in a picture of our Ace and they drew him!!!

Very cool!!!



Klimt inspired piece

Posted in Art Blogs with tags , , , on September 4, 2012 by camsart7

Ok, I know her heads at a weird angle LOL! but if you look at Klimts work you’ll see several chiropractic jobs going on.  This is his style as bizarre as it is.  Anyway, one of his pieces features a mother and child in a similar pose so I replaced the child with a cute little puppy.  It’s about A3 size and is painted with acrylics and I used a stencil for the background swirls.

Klimt inspired piece. Girl and puppy. © Camille Hayes

Funny art quote

Posted in Art Blogs with tags on April 22, 2012 by camsart7

Found this funny picture.  Hope you like it.

Tombow Tiger Cub

Posted in Art Blogs with tags , , , , on April 11, 2012 by camsart7

I made this little fuzz ball with my Tombow Duel Brush Pens.  I blended the colours mostly with the blender pen that comes with the kit rather than the water brush (which I purchased separately).  This gave me a darker, richer colour.  I was surprised as I hadn’t really used the blender pen very much and found that it works quite nicely, especially for smaller areas.

This is the first time I have used the Tombows to paint any wildlife and I’m still getting a feel for the pens.  I have to work really fast as the colours can dry very quickly and if you want to blend properly you have to work area by area.  I’m kind of used to just taking my time and layering all the dark colours over the entire animal first but with Tombows you can only work as I said in small areas at a time.  Anyway, the whole process is very fast and I started and finished this in only about 90 minutes or so. 

Little cubby created with Tombow Duel Brush Pens. © Camille Hayes

Playing with my Caran D’ache watersoluable pastels!

Posted in Art Blogs with tags , , , , on March 15, 2012 by camsart7

Well I took a long run up, held my nose and dove off the deep end into my box of watersoluble pastels.  I splashed around, throwing colours in wild abandon and came up with a few different experiments with my new crayons.  I’ve given an example below of the same tiger eye used both dry and wet to show the difference. 

Caran D'ache watersoluable pastels used both dry and wet.

You can see that when wet, they really bring out the pigment.  This is really exciting and I’m already head first into my photo reference albums looking for some animals to paint.  I love playing with new art supplies.  It’s so relaxing to zone out for an afternoon and just forget the world and focus on being creative.

Another Splurge…

Posted in Art Blogs with tags , , , on March 12, 2012 by camsart7

Ok, like a moth to a flame, I’m obsessed with pretty colours and thus I purchased this lovely full set of 126 Swiss made, Caran D’ache Neocolor II watersoluable wax pastels.  Yes they probably cost the same as a small country LOL! but everyone knows Caran D’ache make some of the best, high quality art supplies around.  I’ve played a little with these sticks of colourful joy already and I’m loving them.  They can be used wet and dry as they are quite soft and creamy and will blend together well, even without water.  This set even includes some lovely metallic colours too.  I’m thinking of using these on some black card to see what I can come up with.


Also included is a stippling brush, two sponge pads, a sharpener, and a Technalo HB pencil.   I’ll play with them some more this week and will upload some pictures very soon.  Oh all these pretty colours to try!!!  maybe I should just live inside a rainbow… but then would that make me a leprechaun?  I’d have to grow a beard and hairy legs for that.


Wildlife ATCs (Artist Trading Cards)

Posted in Art Blogs with tags , , , , , , on February 8, 2012 by camsart7

Here are some wildlife ATCs I made over several nights.  They are drawn on Illustration Board.  I created these with Prismacolor Pencils and Watercolour pencils.  I had a lot of fun trying to work so small.  It was certainly a challenge but I’m happy with the results.  Also getting to use watercolor pencils (which I rarely do) was a treat.

Wildlife Series ATCs © Camille Hayes