Wednesday, December 28, 2011

At the Zoo

I have half of the drawings completed for the next Royal Brush project.  Here they are!

More Backyard Birds

I decided to do a couple of the birds over as well as add a couple more.   The collection will be called Backyard Birds (minus the Parrot, parakeets and fruit doves...that will be used for a later project).






Sunday, December 18, 2011

Colored Pencil - Birds

Colored pencil is a new medium for me and I am delighted with the results I am getting.  This series of birds are for a Sketchbook Project I am doing for Royal Brush Company.  All of these were done with a simple 12 color set of colored pencils by Royal Brush.  The colors are primary - red, blue and yellow.  Secondary colors of orange, purple and green.  And light blue, light green, pink, white, black and brown.

Parrot       Barn Swallow

Eastern Blue Birds    Blue Jay

    Cactus Wren   Chickadee

Fruit Doves   Gold Finch

Hummingbird  Indigo Bunting

Parakeets  Cardinal

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Blackwing Sketchbooks

I am delighted to introduce a new Blackwing Sketchbook series created by

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Wolves - Revised

I've reconsidered the wolf composite drawing and made some modifications.  I fixed the center wolf's facial features, making it a bit more wolf-like.  Also you will notice I've replaced the wolf on the viewer's right with a howling position.  I think the composite looks much better.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Baseball - Still life

For all the basebase fans out there!  Spring is here so let's play ball!
This is a still-life study for Royal Brush.  They will be making a sketch kit out of this one.  It was actually really fun to do.  I used the magical Palomino Blackwing pencil for the glove base texture and used the Palomino 2H and 6B for the lights and darks.  These pencils worked perfectly on the Canson Foundation Series Bristol smooth paper.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Three Wolves

It may seem quiet here lately, but I promise I have been drawing!  I've continued to do commission work for Royal Brush Company.  Here is a composite of three wolves for one of their sketch kits. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dalmation Composite

Here is another composite drawing done for Royal Brush. 
Keeping the young artist in mind, minimizing details
and keeping it simple.

Wolf Composite

I have been commissioned by Royal Brush company to do a series of drawings for their sketch kits.  They are very open to any subject matter that I draw, but encouraged me to try my hand at animals.  Here is the first of the series.

Keeping in mind that these are kits for younger adults, I try and keep the composition and subjects relatively simple while still capturing a strong level of realism.

I have high respect for any artist who can draw fur. 


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Drawing Techniques Packet

Drawing Techniques Packet

by Diane Wright

Derived from Drawing Techniques Workshops conducted by Diane Wright, this packet includes simple, easy instructions, lots of hands-on exercises and a spattering of drawing samples for guidance. Artists of any level, beginner to advanced, will find lots of valuable tips and technique specific to landscapes. It's a perfect companion to Diane's book, “Drawing Made Easy: Beautiful Landscapes” and her on-line tutorials.

The best way to learn is to actually draw. That is what this packet is uniquely designed to do. The reference photos and exercises are printed on card stock that is smooth, durable and perfect to draw on. Extra drawing sheets and a transparency grid are included.

Techniques include:
  • Shading and Erasing 
  • Pencil Strokes 
  • Light and Shadows 
  • Contour Drawing 
  • Important of Sketching 
  • Value Drawing 
  • Negative Drawing
  • Blending
  • Textures
  • Good Drawing Techniques 
  • Drawing Tools and On-line Resources

For an additional benefit, purchase the email assistance plan. This gives you the opportunity for one-on-one email support with Diane. Email her questions and scanned exercises for her advice and assistance on any technique included in the packet.

“It's like attending one of Diane's workshops without the costly travel expenses!”

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 Written, designed and published by Diane Wright

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I received an email from a young artist studying art and design in the UK. He asked me a question that challenged me to put in writing what I have been mulling around in my head for quite some time. I’d like to thank Lewis Treleaven for posing the following question and wish him the best in his studies.

What inspired you to base most of your art around natural beauty and the wonders of the natural world?

I started drawing again in 2002 after a 20+ year lapse. Life seemed to get in the way and my career path went in a different direction from my art. But I finally picked up my pencil again, rediscovered my love of graphite and also found a form of meditation. Drawing is relaxing and releases a lot of tensions and stress from my day job and life in general. The subject matter of nature enhances this meditative process. The following is what I have discovered while studying nature:

Nature holds the key to revitalizing our spirit and restoring balance into our lives. It’s as simple as taking a walk in the woods and open your senses to what surrounds you. Listen to the leaves rustling in the autumn breeze or watch the diamond crystals as the sun dances on the surface of the water. Time slows down to let us catch our breath from the craziness of our daily hustle.

Each drawing that I create is a snapshot of the simplicity and splendor that surrounds us. It’s the simple things that are often the most awe inspiring. It’s the serenity and strength of nature that I want to capture. This is the footprint I want to share for others to experience.

My motto from my website:

~live life with a quiet passion~
~seeing beauty in the simplest scenes~
~that is what makes life so rich~