Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fighting Johnnyrooks

This is (I hope) going to be a piece that compliments my angry johnnyrook picture, if it works both of these are to be donated for an auction at an annual social event called the Conservation Ball, this is held to raise money for the local environmental charity Falklands Conservation. Here's a link to their website if you're interested

This is a subject composed using many shots of Johhnyrooks doing their stuff, they do fight quite a lot but they're so quick moving that I've never managed to get one good shot of the action I wanted to portray. Soft pastels on 30 X 40 yellow pastelmat.

Initail work showing the sketch and my (I think, rather nifty) monitor setup.

First stage, blocking out of basic shapes.

Some depth of colour added

More colour, movment and detail, colours are very brash so still a long way to go.


  1. I can't say that I like the subject matter but you have created a painting that has such a feel of the action I can almost hear them screaming. Well done.

  2. Thanks Nancy, I'm glad to hear that's how it comes across. In art it's so often the more graceful and beautiful side of nature that's portrayed but so much of what goes on is violent and aggressive, particularly with territorial birds like these. That's how I wanted to show them, if you follow my blog you'll be seeing more things like this.