Category Archives: Wildlife Artwork

My mouse is mounted :D

I have picked up my original mouse drawing from my framers after he mounted it for me :).
This little guy I am thinking will be one of a mouse series as I have access to some really cute reference photos :D.

This original drawing is up for sale at a bargain price πŸ˜€ Scroll down for more info!

Β£45 FREE UK P&P!!
5β€³ X 7β€³
Original Colour Pencil & Pastel Drawing (mixed media)
Pastel was used to create that soft glow behind the mouse and the mouse itself was done using colour pencils.
Professionally mounted to 8β€³ x 10β€³ to fit a standard size frame.
Reference photo: Paul Fine

The full video of me working on this portrait is available to watch over on my YouTube channel πŸ˜€

LIONS HAVE SOLD :D

My original acrylic on canvas board has sold! It’s heading off to its new home in the USA. A lovely client who had already purchased a colour pencil on black paper portrait I did a couple of years ago is adding this to her collection. I also did portraits of her 5 dogs so she has many pieces now on her wall of mine πŸ˜€

Ref photo Terence Porter

I do take wildlife commissions in a variety of sizes and mediums from graphite, pastels and acrylics. Feel free to contact me if you would like more information :).

BADGER SALE!

I need to make space for some upcoming wildlife pieces. My original pastel drawing of this Badger is up for a bargain sale price of Β£145 + FREE UK P&P. For international shipping please contact me for a price :).

Original pastel drawing A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″)
Mounted to 12″ x 16″ to fit a standard size frame
Reference photo taken by Craig Maisfield.

Professionally mounted to a 12″ x 16″

New original! A Cute Mouse :)

** New original colour pencil portrait for sale ** Bargain price of Β£45 FREE UK P&P
Details below
I haven’t had time to work on any wildlife pieces lately. I have been super busy with pet portrait commissions and any spare time I did have I was working on that large painting of my Staffie and Sprocker.

But yesterday I felt I needed to get started on a new original piece. Just to add some variety to what I had been doing. I have wanted to draw a cute mouse for ages and have had this in mind for a while. When sorting through my art supplies I found some paper that I hadn’t even used before. It comes in a variety of lovely paper colours which is why I bought it in the first place.

Beautiful reference photo taken by Paul Fine.

As mentioned, this little guy is up for grabs. Today I dropped it off to my framers to be mounted :).
Details:
Original 5″ x 7″ Colour pencil Drawing
Mounted to 6″ x 8″ to fit a standard size frame
Comes with a certificate of authenticity
Sent guaranteed tracked and signed next day delivery (within UK).
Β£45 FREE UK P&P
Please feel free to email me if you’d like more information πŸ™‚
zara.toms@hotmail.co.uk

I have enjoyed working in this little guy so much that I am thinking of doing a little mouse series. I have so many stunning references to work from and it would be a shame not to use the excuse to draw them haha!

Trying something new..

I like trialing new art materials and working out what works with my techniques. I have used colour pencils for many years and used to use Zest It to blend. When I had to change my paper choice I found that the Zest It made the new paper quite slippery. I was using Fabriano hot pressed 140lb watercolour paper but something happened during the production where from what I have been told. So I trialled many paper… many papers! and finally stuck with Strathmore. It is much smoother but works well for how I work.

Burnishing to blend colour pencil can really be tedious on your wrist and fingers. Long term it isn’t ideal. So I have been thinking about getting another blending medium a go and this time have purchased some Mona Lisa Odourless Paint Thinner. So far so good! I am really pleased. It hasn’t created that slippery feel over the top of the colour pencil so that is one good thing I have found.

For this test piece I went and practised on a lovely little Blue Tit reference photo taken by Russ Bridges. I do not intend on working any more on this actual one as I want to re-sketch the entire image. I shall admit something… I actually measured my lines wrong… WOOPS! Those graphite lines are meant to be 5″ x 7″ and I must have been half asleep because is 1 inch to short! So I decided to just do a little sketch piece instead before completing the full project :). Time was ticking on this as I slotted this in on a spare hour I had at the end of yesterday. I shall let you know how I get on with the full project πŸ˜€

FREE P&P!

The sun is out and that makes everyone happy! So for the whole of June I am offering FREE UK P&P on all of my limited edition prints!

Information on each print can be found on my ‘Artwork for Sale’ page :).

‘Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow’
Ref photo: Warren Etherington
‘The Hole Hog’
‘On the pr-owl’
Ref photo: Barn Owl – Craig Maisfield
‘Purrfection’
Stephanie Swayne @ Wildlife Reference Photos
‘Purrfection – Close up’
Stephanie Swayne @ Wildlife Reference Photos
‘Vibrant View’
Ref photo: Pam Donovan
‘First Few Steps’
Ref Photo: Pam Donovan

Lets Talk Graphite..

Why is graphite such a good medium?
Graphite was the very first medium I practised in when I was a child. I guess from the age I could hold a pencil you could say I had always wanted to scribble on anything … Likely walls as well much to my mums delight I’m sure haha.

– Cheapest option.. Great place to start
If anyone is looking to start creating, drawing etc graphite is a fantastic medium to get practising with. It’s probably the cheapest medium to get started with and you don’t have to be so exact on quality of materials. Graphite is graphite unlike colour pencils where you have to worry about lightfast ratings and longevity. So that is a massive bonus.

Close up of a Gorilla commission I did a couple of years ago.
Ref photo: Jan Willemsen at Wildlife Reference Photos


– What materials should you buy?
* Pencils – Any set of graphite pencils will do. Ultimately you can create the same effect but the more expensive recognosied brands for artists such as Faber Castell 9000 and Derwent Graphic have nice wood casings and no ‘nuggets’. What I mean by this is sometimes you get like a small bit of grit which if using your pencils hard enough may scratch your paper. Even when this has happened with a pencil I have used I haven’t ever damaged my paper. But it is something to be aware of. All you need to do is sharpen your pencil to get rid of this and you’re back working.
* Paper – This falls to personal choice in many instances. You can be a lot less picky with your paper for graphite than you can colour pencils or pastels. I know some artists like a bit of tooth to their paper but I personally like something a little smoother. I use Strathmore paper and use the smoother side of their paper in the pads. The other side is ever so slightly more textured; more tooth. It’s said that the more tooth with enable you to get your darks darker. But the way work I haven’t found it to be an issue.
* Blending tools – For beginners just want to have a play with graphite you can buy a set of paper stumps also known as paper tortillions. These work great. Cotton buds which most households keep are also a good thing to use. For larger areas tissue works or a car Chamois.

A must have for me spoken in other blog posts is graphite powder..
Have a search on my website with the magnifying glass for graphite powder and I have a few different posts showing work and covering in more detail how I use it. My Rhino is a perfect demonstration of this. The full time lapse video of this will be posted on tomorrows blog post.

Rhino commission completed last year
Ref photo: Craig Maisfield
** SALE **
To make way for future pieces I am offering this Cheetah cub origianl graphite drawing at a bargain price of Β£40 including UK P&P! Professionally mounted ready to frame πŸ™‚


Ref Photo: Emmanuel Keller @ Wildlife Reference Photos.

Barn Owl Prints

I have a selection of limited edition prints available :). This is one from the British wildlife series and what the sunset background is one of my favourites.
– Original available – Feel free to contact me for more information. More details can be found over at my ‘Artwork for Sale’ page.

‘On the pr-owl’

β€˜ On the Pr-Owl β€˜
Limited edition run of 150
GiclΓ©e prints on 300gsm on fine art, archival quality paper.
Each print will come professionally mounted/matted.
Print size: 8β€³ x 10β€³
Mount size: 11β€³ x 14β€³ Ready to fit in a standard size frame

As are all my pieces of artwork from pet portraits to wildlife I only use the highest quality materials that are lightfast and made to last. The prints will be of the same excellent quality. Each print will be hand signed and will come with a certificate of authenticity.

Β£35 (Β£5 P&P within UK)
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Barn Owl Reference photograph taken by Craig Maisfield
Sunset and foreground from multiple references