A few weeks ago the owner of this beautiful spaniel called Pimms contacted me through my website to ask if I could do a commission of her. It was to be a birthday present for her partner Clive. She had found me by googling ” animal artists in Herefordshire” and chose me because she liked the quality of my work.
We travelled down to Dymock in Gloucestershire to met Victoria and Pimms, and my wife Cath took a series of photographs from which Victoria chose her favourite. I do prefer to take our own photos to get the best possible detail, light, contrast and character. The eyes are particularly important to get perfect as they can make or break a portrait. Victoria chose E but which would you have chosen?
I completed this portrait using soft pastels and pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch pastel paper. The sharpened pencils create the detail and the background is blended using polystyrene sticks to give the three dimensional effect to the completed painting. A ( rather poor) quality video of how I created Pimms can be found HERE. Victoria collected Pimms yesterday and gave it to Clive last night as an early birthday present – but also as a Valentine’s gift……These photos are of Pimms, her portrait and Clive….a delighted and delightful family!
This is my latest video showing how I create my detailed pastel artwork of a robin. The start is a bit blurred but it improves!
I have often been asked to share how I create my artwork and started a Facebook page called Pastel work in Progress for this purpose. There you will see that I started with individual photos, then collages, and now videos. I am still refining my video techniques so any constructive criticism would be much appreciated!
For those artists of you, the materials for this artworkare Rembrandt soft pastels, with Derwent, Cretacolour and Conte pastel pencils on pastelmat paper.
I worked from a photograph my wife took, giving it depth, vibrancy and a 3D effect. I have used a polystyrene foam stick for blending the more detailed areas and my fingers for larger areas. The sandpaper and blade are used to create a sharp point that allows me to create fine detail that adds the extra dimension to the image. As with most of my artwork, this took 25 to 30 hours to complete.
I hope you find this video of interest. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me! “Cheeky chappy” is currently for sale at Sable and Hogg gallery in Brecon, Wales…….
I have had a enjoyable week, meeting lots of friendly people who have appreciated my artwork and Cath’s garden ( open tomorrow afternoon for the NGS) I have had 36 pieces of artwork on display, as well as a Work In Progress video for people to see how I create my detailed pastel artworks. I have also greetings cards for sale of my work and a few examples of previous commissions. So I like to think we have offered a unique insight into my artwork and lifestyle and hope to welcome more people over the next two days – I hope that you may be one of them!
Have just completed this Great Spotted Woodpecker “Chippie” in soft pastels and pastel pencils on Art Spectrum Colourfix paper. Photo reference from Adobe Stock by Lucaar. I have included some WIP’s for your interest. Chippie will be displayed ( and for sale ) at my open studio exhibition for Herefordshire Art Week starting Saturday. http://bit.ly/2c9iuxs Enjoy your day! www.ivanjonesart.co.uk
These is the feet of my current pastel artwork which is to be on display during my open house …… what are your thoughts? It is a very popular bird – I have sold two paintings of them in the past and hope someone will want this one for their wall too…..Hope to see you during Herefordshire Art week!
This kingfisher ” A cute angler” is from an Adobe Stock photo ( no photographer credit given ) with background idea from a kingfisher by photographer Russ Bridges. Ivan completed this using Art Spectrum soft pastels and an assortment of Derwent/Conte/Cretacolour pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch paper. I have included a few pictures of my work in progress here…..more on my facebook page soon. It is sized to fit 16 by 20 in frame and is available to purchase – please contact me for more details and more photos through my website or on 07813 733240
This piece of art is created from a photo my wife Cath took in April. It is completed in Artspectrum soft pastel and derwent/conte/cretacolour pastel pencils on Clairefontaine pastelmat paper with final image 11inch by 8.5 inch. I have called the painting “Cheeky Chappy” Have included a couple of WIP’s below and there will be more soon on my Pastel Work in Progress page. I am very happy with the end result and he is for sale as well, so drop me a line if you are interested through my website……Catch up again soon!
For those who have been following my progress on this detailed commission in pastel you will be pleased to know that the children’s mother, Helen, is delighted with the final portraits. I just need to adjust the highlights in the hair of James and Brody but otherwise she is very happy and so am I. I had a few problems with Mirabelle as she was shy and not keen on Cath taking her photo, so her personality is not captured as well as with her brothers. However Helen understood that and is still very pleased with the end result of her daughter’s portrait. A happy client is my aim and has been achieved! I will post progress photos and videos soon here and to my Pastel Work In Progress facebook page. Enjoy your evening!
This is 15 year old Cosmo, as always completed in soft pastels and pastel pencils, and I am very pleased with how he has turned out. As you recall, my wife Cath took the photographs and the children’s mother & I chose the best ones of each. Mirabelle will complete the set on a 50cm by 70cm sheet of Art Spectrum Colourfix paper. The commission overall is shaping up very nicely and it would great to be able to encourage more people to commission me for their loved ones. Something special to last a lifetime….