One year Anniversary – where on earth has the time gone?u

I have now been an Artist for just over a year. I am shocked at how far I’ve come in one short year. I’ve made so much progress and I’ve been able to address some of my confidence issues.

Above is one of my very first sketches……. 🙈🙈

As an artist you are forever being judged. So many people think you don’t actually “work” and that it must be easy to throw some paint on a canvas. There will always be someone sniggering behind your back, sometimes even to your face. But you know what the best thing I’ve learnt this year is? Is not to care or listen to the armchair critics. The quicker you learn to ignore the ‘know-it-alls’ the better off you are going to be.

Above is a short video a start of a puffin sketch. It turned out really nice. It just shows a little bit of effort every day over time is totally worth it.

I have enjoyed so much about the last year. I’ve loved that many people love my art and that lots of my pieces (prints and originals) are making lots of people happy. I’ve loved learning new skills and learning how to perfect certain techniques. I’ve even enjoyed finding myself lost and not sure how to move a piece forward. I have also enjoyed being able to put those pieces down, move to something new and then coming back to the old piece and knowing exactly where to go.

Learning that I don’t have to force myself to be creative and enjoying the fact that some of my better pieces were created when I threw the rule book out the window.

I learnt to TRUST myself. Trust that I am actually good at this. It’s wonderful that after many years, several different jobs and career choices that I have finally found something I love. And yet I still have SO much farther to go. The road may seem never ending, but holy moly I am going to enjoy strolling off down the winding dirt path with the fairies.

Keep up with my progress and all my new pieces for this next year by following me on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to see what original pieces and prints I have on sale at the moment check out my Etsy Store or my Redbubble Site.

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Norbert the Dragon.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love Harry Potter. I especially love drawing the magical creatures in the movies. My most recent piece that I’ve drawn is Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback. It took me a long time to get all the details right. I hope you all like him!

First Stages – sketching out his shape and making sure all the proportions are accurate. I chose to draw him on A3 size 110gsm sketching paper.

The first few layers of the wings were tricky. Using my graphite pencils and my pencil eraser to try to get the texture right.

My next major challenge was the texture in the wood of the table he was on. Inserting the shadows underneath Norbert gives the 3D affect to my graphite sketch.

The final stages are a little tedious sometimes. You can see the end, it’s so close but it’s not quite perfect yet! This stage probably took the longest time to complete.

After approximately 5 hours of work, here Norbert is! I really love him. Now I get to choose another beast to draw! If anyone has any suggestions drop you choice in the comments.

Now, as Norbert isn’t my original creation he won’t be for sale. I do have many other animals, flowers and landscapes available to purchase in my etsy store. Here’s a link to one if my small dragon sketches! Dragon Art Print

If you would like to keep up to date with all my art sketches and paintings please check out my Facebook or Instagram accounts.

See you all soon,

Chrissy xx

Charity Art Auction

I’m holding a charity art auction in aid of the RSPCA and the RSPB.  Please pop along and visit my Facebook page for all the details! These Charities are very dear to my heart. I love animals and I think it’s important to protect our wildlife, as well as protecting the domestic animals. 


I will have many pieces of my Art available to bid one. There will be graphite sketches and acrylic paintings. Most will be of animals but there will be one or two pieces that will be Portraits or landscapes. 


Bidding will start on the 16th of July and go until the 30th of July. Please come and support a good cause! 

www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist 

Cheers,

Chrissy

In the spot light

This weeks art work to remember is Wattle. One of the first fairies I ever painted. It seems so long ago now. 

This acrylic painting was one of the first fairies I painted and is a part of my Fantasy Collection. To view rest of the fantasy collection go to this link: https://chrissyturleyartist.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-fantasy-art-collection/


You can also get many of my works  on clothes, phones cases, diaries and all sorts of other cool designs!! 

If you’d like a print or some merchandise go to my redbubble store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley

Cheers

Chrissy xx

In the spot light

Flower Fairy

This is one of my favourite fairies. I sketched her out very lightly with a 2H graphite pencil. Then I proceeded to add layers of light and darker shades using my Spectrum Noir Markers. When using my my SN Markers I always start with the lightest shade. I blend that into a mid tone and finally darken with the darkest shades. I particularly like my Spectrum Noir Markers when I’m doing fantasy art because they are so vibrant and easy to use…. once you know how. 


She is also available on red bubble as phone cases, mugs, note books and much more. Check out her and the rest of my items on Red Bubble here. 

Otherwise, prints are available in my Etsy store and you can keep up to date with my current pieces on my Instagram and Facebook pages where I constantly run competitions. 

Cheers 

Chrissy x

In the spot light 

This weeks In the spot light is my most popular purple jacaranda tree. It has been by far my best seller. The prints are beautiful quality. I did this tree as an acrylic Painting on paper. It’s a small print I did just as I was starting my art journey. I’m keen to re-visit shortly and see if I can make it even better! 

Everyone who knows me, knows I love purple and coloured trees like cherry blossoms and anything that’s different. I feel the coloured trees really fit well with my love of fantasy art and fairies. 

To view this print click the link to my etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/514774692/purple-jacaranda-tree-print?ref=shop_home_active_17

I am having competitions on my Facebook and Instagram accounts so pop over and take a look 

https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist

https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Cheers

Chrissy xx

Paper or Canvas – that is the question! 

I often get asked is Canvas or Paper better to paint/draw on. The answer is simple…….. it depends on what you want to draw or paint! There are so many options and there are so many things you need to consider. I’m going to show you what I use and how I use it to help you make a good decision for yourself.

Sketching/Drawing

For practice drawing and sketching you want to have a smooth paper. So a hot pressed paper that isn’t too thick. Anything up to 120gsm is pretty good. The thickness of the paper will still give you a quality feel to your sketch and the hot press will give you a smooth finish. The smoother the paper, the cleaner your lines will be which will give you a more realistic look.

My current art journal is less than 100gsm and is not suitable for anything other than sketching. Below is a picture of an Orca that I drew in my journal. If you try to use other medias (paint of watercolour) on this type of paper it will wrinkle and curl. It damages the paper and if you do that, there’s no saving it.

Mixed Media Paper 250 gsm +

The below sketch is a graphite on 250gsm mixed media paper. This paper is meant to handle Acrylic paint well, but water colour is a bit of a stretch. I love it to print my prints on to beacause it has a bit of texture just like a canvas and it gives the print a really good quality look and feel.


The above picture is a print of my original Acrylic painting printed on to 250gsm paper.

Cold Pressed Cotton Paper

A cold press paper is rough, it has what is called ‘tooth’. It is ideal if you like that bumpy, textured feel and look to your painting. I personally don’t like to draw on this type of paper. I love to paint on it! I use a 300gsm cold press cotton paper with my acrylics. You get a matte finish with the textured finish of a canvas. The cotton paper is actually made for water colour paint because it can handle the wet application without creasing and folding. I don’t have watercolours so I use my acrylic on it and it performs beautifully.


Both Rose and Wattle have been painted on this cold press cotton paper. As you can see, it performs wonderfully!

Stretched Canvas

There are several types of canvas you can get. The main types are stretched canvas, canvas board and canvas paper. Of these three I haven’t used the canvas paper but it is on my rather long list of things to try. I prefer to use a stretched canvas. I like the bounce back it gives you. Both types of canvas have a tooth (bumpy texture) that I love! The stretched canvas you don’t frame but hang as is.

Above is an acrylic Painting is on a stretched canvas of Saundersfoot Beach. This is my favourite material to paint on.

Canvas Board

For my original painting of my Light house I did it on a canvas board. As you can see from the below picture that it performs much like a stretched canvas. It has a tooth, although not as deep. It is an easy and cheaper way to start painting. They come in all sorts of sizes and packs. You can frame them easily too.


To see all of my work that is for sale, go to me etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

If you have any questions message me or follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30 and find me on Facebook www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist where I will have live drawing and painting demos every week. I also have 2 competitions currently running on both pages.

I hope you liked my tips for how to choose the right material to paint or draw on. Come back next week for more!

Cheers

Chrissy xxxx