The three artists featured in the October 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. Read below about their inspiration for each of these interesting animal subjects.
by Ingrid Volland
20" x 20"
Image used with permission from dog owner
Castell Polychromos on Fabriano Artistico HP 300 grs
Julia was a commission I did in 2015. This dog had a rough start in life, but was finally adopted by a lovely lady in the Netherlands, where I met her. A happy ending to a sad story. Julia's eyes tell her story. I hope I did Julia justice by drawing her this way.About Ingrid
Ingrid Volland is a dog portrait artist, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Early in her career she chose colored pencil as her means of expression because of the multitude of colors available, so right for the drawing of fur. Her love for dogs made it easy to decide what to draw.
I've Got My Eye on You
by Isobel Buckley
12" x 8"
Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.
Own Reference Photo
I have a particular passion for big cats and I love visiting the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in the UK. It is an amazing place with a whole variety of big cats, and I have been lucky enough to go on several guided tours that allow you to get up close to these magnificent animals. It is an experience I will never forget. This piece is based on observations and photos I took during my last visit. I was particularly drawn to this lion because of the expression on his face. I decided to do a close up to really capture his soulful look and create a striking visual impact through attention to detail and color intensity. I like to breathe life into my work to draw in the observer to become part of the story. This piece was one of several that I exhibited as part of the Exhibition of Wildlife Art 2017.
Isobel is a UK realistic wildlife and pet portrait artist with a passion for colored pencils. She has a fine arts degree and is a qualified teacher. She enjoys exhibiting her work, has won several competitions and was a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2015.
See more at http://www.facebook.com/izzysart1.
Mr. Hare No. 2
by Onnie Burford-Roe
11" x 8.5"
Polychromos and Prismacolor
Image used with permission
I have lived in the Devon countryside for most of my 71 years, and in all that time I had never caught a glimpse of a hare. So when I eventually saw one for the first time one day last year in a hay field near my home, I was completely mesmerized. My two Springer Spaniels must have been mesmerized too, as they didn't even attempt to chase him when he darted off across the field between the hay bales!
From that day I knew I just had to start drawing these fascinating and mystical creatures. It's such a pleasure and very refreshing for me to draw something so different in between my normal artwork of pet portrait commissions.
This is Mr. Hare No.2, and he definitely won't be my last hare drawing - I'm hooked!
Onnie has been doing pencil drawings of all sorts of animals since she was a child, but now specializes in colored pencil pet portraits. She lives in the village of Stoke Gabriel in Devon, UK with her husband, two dotty Springer Spaniels and five chickens!
See more at https://www.facebook.com/onniesart/.
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