Animal Portraits

I’ve been very quiet for a while and that’s because I have been developing my animal/pet portraiture skills in procreate, watercolour, ink pen and prismacolor pencils. I’ve also finished working for a while and this has afforded me some creative time to explore my art, creative writing and to develop a business in coaching creative people as well as to develop my online teaching ideas.

One of my greatest joys has been bringing fur-babies to life on the page. I hope you’ll take some time to have a look at my pet portraits so far. There are many more inspiration pets in the virtual wings for me to play with. I’m going to keep going with digital art, but will also branch out and explore as many different mediums as possible, as I don’t want to become narrow in my art skills development.

Only one of these pet portraits is in watercolour and that’s because it is a challenging medium to get the hang of and I am still developing my foundation skills. Still I am very happy with the border collie puppy below.

I originally sketched out the this pen ink tiger in 2014/2015. I must have closed my visual diary and put it away thinking I’d come back to it, which I did around six or seven years later!

When I found it, I thought this is an opportunity to improve on a drawing and to see where I can take it with a few perspective corrections.

Tiger in black pen and prismacolor pencils
Artist: Selina Shapland
Created: 3rd February 2021
Ink pen underdrawing of the tiger
Artist: Selina Shapland
Finished: 3rd February 2021

I hope my animal / pet portrait art inspires you to develop your creative skills. Art is really about observation and learning to take what you see and accurately record it on the page whether that’s digital or paper or on a canvas. The better we get at seeing the world as it is and recording it the more accurate our art becomes. I do like semi-realism in my portraits but I am also going through some deep experimentation too. So I’m sure you’ll see many more pieces from me as time goes by.

Until next time, happy creating, whatever creative expression calls to you!

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