Message from WILDLIFE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2012………..

Following the fabulous success of the 2011 Wildlife Artist of the Year we are now inviting entries for the 2012 competition. All short-listed work will be exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London next May.

Commenting on the 2011 show one eminent artist said: “Even if I wasn’t short-listed I would come to the exhibition. It’s so inspirational and so full of creativity. It’s amazing to see so much talent in one place.”

It’s also a magnet for buyers with a fabulous selection of established artists and new talent.
To embrace all artistic styles and mediums there are two new categories for 2012 and the same amazing £10 ,000 top prize.

For more details visit their website here – David Shepherd Wildlife Foundations Annual Art Competition

Pet Portrait Student…..

I asked Louise, one of my own Pet Portraits Students, if she would like to have her work displayed on the college website and blog and she has very kindly written about them below. I think Louise has done a fantastic job with both drawings and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of her work in the coming months. Here’s what Louise had to say abut each image….


“I had been asked to draw this pot as part of the first exercise for the pet portrait course.  I used different ranges of graphite pencil.  At first I was totally lost as to where I was going to begin.  I have never drawn anything like this before so this was a real challenge for me! So I started drawing and instead of feeling overwhelmed I actually felt excited as the more I drew the more I could see the pot taking shape.  I am really pleased with the finished result, I didn’t think I could draw something like this!!!

The Labrador was the second exercise I had been asked to draw.  I used graphite pencil to create the different tones and layers. I was really excited about drawing this dog and couldn’t wait to get started.  It took me some time to get the eyes and the face looking like the picture of the dog and lots of erasing and re doing areas.  Definately worth every minute as I am very pleased with how the portrait has turned out.  I can’t wait to move on to the next exercise.  Really enjoying this course! ”

Louise (Pet Portraits Diploma D5 )

Alex with the fish….

One of my students completed the ‘modern portraits’ exercise and I though that it was so wonderful it had to be included on our blog. It has such scope for a story, almost an illustration for a children’s book. I asked my student if she would write a little about the piece and here is the text below. I hope you enjoy viewing it!

“…My thoughts on putting this painting together came from the fact that Alex my cat will spend hours just staring at the fish. I often wondered how they felt about him as they would sometimes seem to study him quite closely too. When I looked at the brief for a surreal painting in Assignment 4, I saw the opportunity to consider the situation from the fishes’ point of view and how they would feel if he really got close – like actually in the tank. I had a photo of Alex with a very sneaky look on his face which I thought would be a good reference. I had a lot of fun with this one and really enjoyed painting the fish which I had never tried before.”
Gerri (Pet Portraits Diploma D5)