Tricia Griffith – Fine Art

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Screech Owl & Black Bear

Screech Owl & Black BearI haven’t done a wildlife illustration in quite a while, so I thought I’d share this one I’m pretty happy with from earlier last month. This was a custom illustration of a screech owl and black bear for a friend. The medium is graphite on 11 x 14 Bristol board. This is a rather hastily taken mobile phone photograph, so it’s not the greatest quality, but it gets the idea across.

My pencil of choice for graphite illustration is actually just one of those plastic mechanical pencils. I like not having to stop and sharpen it, and it stays nice and pointy, which is particularly handy when drawing fur and feather details. I coat the drawing in a fixative spray, usually about half way through to prevent excessive smudging, and then at the end to prevent smudging and fix the graphite and protect it from fading.

Self-critically, the proportions are off a bit, particularly for the bear, and drawing that much fur is always a bit painstaking and sometimes I get lazy. For the owl, again, it was the details in the feathers and maybe it could be a bit more detailed, but I think that part of my style across the board is never to be hyper realistic, and maybe just a bit stylized. So, overall I am happy with the results, especially since it had been a long time since I had done a wildlife illustration. (I’ll put up a wildlife illustration page on the site soon, so you can see some older works still available as prints).



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Pet Portrait – Bella

Bella - Tricia GriffithI actually completed this portrait shortly before Christmas, but since it was a gift, I held off posting it until I knew the recipient had it! I had the joy of a wonderfully clear, large digital photo to work from for this portrait, so I didn’t have a lot of the preparation work that I did with the six kitties portrait.

The medium for this drawing is primarily graphite. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t get too heavy handed with Bella’s portrait, because this actually the first time I’d drawn a pet with such a cute little curly mop of hair on her head, and I admit that I saved it until last, being a chicken. Bella’s colors in real life are kind of a neat silvery/chocolate color that probably has a name, but escapes me at the moment. I felt that it lent itself well to the graphite medium.

Once I got the curls done, I wanted to bring them out against the background a bit more, so I used a charcoal pencil to create a background that I think helps bring them out a bit from the background and also adds a bit more depth. I did go through the entire drawing with the charcoal and pick out some detail with the charcoal, which I think helped the background not become the only crazy charcoal bit of the whole drawing.

This is a bit heavier than some of my pencil drawings, but I think it’s because I was being a bit bolder than I usually am. My pencil works tend to be fairly conservative, so this was really sort of an interesting mix between my colored pencil style and my graphite style.

The good news is, the gift recipient was happy, so I’m happy!