Pencil Portrait Child

Child Portrait

My first pencil portrait, I’ve been painting watercolour animals in a contemporary colourful style for several years and always avoided humans. I watched several YouTube videos on drawing eyes, noses and mouths then decided to have a go. I only had a 0.3 HB pencil pen – no blending tool or thin highlight rubber, so if I practice more in future I’d need to go shopping.

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Rabbit watercolour

Rabbit

This hare art was looking muddy due to to much colour watercolour with the ‘wet in wet’ technique. To remedy this I layered watercolour pencils over the top which brought back texture to the fur. I also added pen work in blue, white and black for definition and a modern twist. By Artist Sophie Appleton.

Red Flowers Painting

Flowers

I have painted some red flowers. Added that bit of glitzy glam again with small areas of gold paint, among the watercolour and ink, just for that extra passion and drama. By Sophie Appleton. It is now for sale on eBay, simply search eBay for ‘by Sophie Appleton’ or the SHOP section on the ‘Swirly Soph Art’ app.

Wild Flowers painting

Flowers

Painted in watercolour, with pen and gold details. This photo is a zoomed in area showing about a third of the painting. It started off as just the large pink flowers, but then I decided to add lavender and buttercups making the art a more busy scene of wild flowers. The finished painting size is 12″X9″. Thanks for viewing. By Artist Sophie Appleton.

Chicken watercolour

Chickens

Three chickens in watercolour and pen. Trying to keep a painting looking sketchy and loose can give it movement and interest. I wanted the hens to look busy and active rather than a stagnant pose. Painted onto size 12″X9″ watercolour paper. Chicken trio by contemporary Artist Sophie Appleton.

Horse watercolour

Horse

NOW COMPLETED. A zoomed in section on shows the highlights and lowlights of the mane I’d been working on. Afterwards I added small areas of ink detail to complete the entire artwork. May take a trip to the hairdressers to get the same colour done on my own barnet. This horse, in earlier progress, was used on the finished update for ‘Swirly Soph Art’ app, displaying on the App Store and Google Play. By Artist Sophie Appleton.

Whippet dog Watercolour 

Dog

I thought I’d add this photo from a while ago, as it gives an example of painting a lively watercolour from a mainly white and tan dog. Leaving the paper without any colour for white areas can give a starchy look, so by adding unexpected colours it brings more interest and a contemporary look. By Sophie Appleton.

Sheep Watercolour 

Sheep

Sketchy style watercolour of two sheep with the leaves in the background making the shape of a heart. A rather fitting title for this painting could be ‘Love Ewe’. The photograph is dark, taken in the evening. When painting at nighttime a daylight bulb is required for true clarity while painting, especially with the translucency of watercolour. Unfortunately my bulb had gone ‘blink’ and I need a new one.

Flowers in Watercolour 

Flowers

Cottage Garden Flowers in watercolour with modern black ink swirly details. Being as the summer is ending I thought I’d paint a floral. When I’ve had bunches of iris in a vase they never seem to open up, my lovely hubby planted some in the garden and those ones do really bloom. Hope it brightens up your day :-)

Dog, black sausage dog.

Dog

Painting black dogs don’t have to be bland, add lots of unusual colours. This watercolour painting has a cute angle of looking upwards, the painting is based on a photo of my own dog when calling her for a dog treat to put her lead back on after a long walk. By Sophie Appleton.

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear

I took my time painting this one and was pleased with the end result. I hope you enjoy looking at it to. This teddy bear was painted with a lot of water to allow the colours to blend on there own accord with more detail added once dry. Watercolour size 12″x9″ by Sophie Appleton.

Miniature Iris Painting

Flowers

ACEO size of 3.5″x2.5″. Delicately hand painted miniature watercolour. This size of painting look great in all those little nooks and crannies in your home like on the mantelpiece or windowsill. It is also a great size for adding ideas to a sketch book. ACEO stands for ‘Art, Cards, Editions and Originals’. Watercolour and pen iris painting by Sophie Appleton.

New Art above, info below.

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Thats the end of the list for the latest New Art that I’ve been working on.The articles that follow below are some saved older articles with miscellaneous info. Some weeks I paint several watercolours, other weeks my paint brushes just collect dust. The ‘Added Info’ icon on the SWIRLY SOPH ART phone app has more detailed information about online purchasing.

Eye Shape practice

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Before attempting my first pencil portrait I’ve decided to practice on individual features, which I found quite useful. This shows the basic shape of an eye to begin with. Notice how this eye is not an oval shape but instead it has more of a curved shape, like drawing a fish. The slope’s more gradual top left than it is top right. Bottom of the eye has a deeper curve. Iris slightly covered by eye lid. By Sophie Appleton.

Tell me what to paint

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Have a go on the ‘Poll’ icon on the phone app SWIRLY SOPH ART. The next time I pick up a paint brush you might see your choice painted for you to view. Other poll questions are on there to. Your opinion is and interaction with this app is important. Plus the Poll is anonymous and you can re vote every day.

Keep it yours

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If you’ve created an artwork or you have purchased one of mine, and you’d like to send friends a photo of it, please make sure that you obstruct it in some way with writing edited over the photo or lay something over the image, it helps to prevent a clear printable image from floating around the internet. You could also email yourself with your artwork which gives proof of the date it was created. Copyright Sophie Appleton.

Distractions Overworking

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I’ve added so much color to this horse it will be difficult to paint its mane as it could end up being to distracting. Paintings work best with an area of focus to draw in the viewers attention either to one area or to allow the eyes to flow across the image with ease. Paintings with too much going on at once can become distracting. By Sophie Appleton Watercolour Artist.

Adding Colour Contrast

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I have used the opposite colours of purple and orange to add a zesty focal point. When choosing the colours to add in a painting, it’s handy to have a basic idea which colours gently sit side by side and which give a shocker of a contrast. By Sophie Appleton

Happy Accidents Watercolour

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With watercolour it is very unpredictable how the paint will mix and blend on the paper, due to the different pigments each colour holds. Even happy accidents can turn out well. This ‘Captivating Cat’ painting blended with bubbles of white paper showing through, ideal for fur. By Sophie Appleton.

Using Masking Fluid

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Masking fluid isn’t something I usually use, partly due to its pong but mainly because my style of paintings don’t usually require it. As this bunny will have a background sky I have masked off the moon and stars and the bunny outline.When masking fluid dried I painted the sky, once that dried I gently used a putty rubber to remove the masking fluid. Love you to the moon and back – by Sophie Appleton.

Painting Fur

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When painting fur or hair I find it easier to tackle it in patches or clumps. Take into account the different direction of the fur to add interest and texture. This one shows just the first watercolour layers which when dry has layering and layering of colours added on top for greater contrast. Owl Wisdom’ by Sophie Appleton.

Wet on Wet painting

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Some paintings I have painted in a looser style, wet on wet as it is called in watercolour techniques. Wetting the page first then when the sheen of water sinks in looking damp, I add the paint. It lets the paint flow and soften at the edges. ‘Fluffy’ size 12″x9″ By Sophie Appleton.

How to Start a Painting

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There is no right or wrong way to start a painting. When I’m painting a commission painting from a photo I pencil draw first, unlike when I’m making up a painting. Also I start with the eyes because this feature must get the animals character or I get the dustbin. By Sophie Appleton Watercolour Artist.

Wording on a painting

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when adding special names or dates to a commission painting you can make the wording as subtle or bold as you desire. These zoomed in areas of 4 paintings show examples. The love heart was over a teddy bear Anniversary painting, ‘Digby’ lettering was big above a dog commission, Alexis was tiny on a roses leaf, the date 17.10.08 was on the bottom of a dodos handbag (see other article for dodo painting). By Sophie Appleton.

Theme of a Painting 

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Try unusual themes for painting. This Dodo painting was created at a customers request, I’d never painted one before so it was a challenge. The customer also wanted feminine accessories on the Dodo like hair flowers, necklace, handbag, makeup. Adding personal words to the on the letters on the handbag pattern as well as a special date in tiny white paint on the handbag trim. By Sophie Appleton.

Painting a Print

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This painting has been made into a print. When painting a watercolour which will be then produced as prints, I added lots of strong colours and interesting textures. This keeps the image looking interesting and fresh. I occasionally draw a basic pencil outline before painting but more often than not I paint directly on to a blank sheet.

Giggle Mindfulness

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If your creative why not give writing a go. If you fancy a chuckle read my Amoeba Fox blog which is this link https://amoebafox.wordpress.com/ which is random mind swirls to make you smile, think and encourage an active mind. There can be great health and wellness gained through creating art and writing, I hope you give it a go, or if you already do then try to squeeze in even more time for it.

Writing a Novel

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Being dyslexic, and having Irlen Syndrome, creative writing is not the easiest of tasks but I’m enjoying the challenge. This painting I did has been used as the image for headline my attempt at a supernatural verses mental health fictional novel called ‘Sectioned Alien’ by Sophie Huddlestone (that’s me Sophie Appleton). This is the link to all 8 chapters I’ve scribbled out so far https://sectionedalien.wordpress.com

Bipolar and Painting 

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Occasionally instead of fluffy cute animals or flowers I have a go at an artsy fine art style painting, especially if my bipolar is making emotions more intense than usual, I find it a productive way to use my bipolar, so having this illness is not a disability to me but an asset when it comes to magnifying my creativity. The Big Bang by Artist Sophie Appleton. I used this painting on one of my articles on Amoeba Fox.

Size 12″ x 9″ Paintings

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This photo should give you a visual idea of the scale of my paintings, which are usually size 12″x9″. Sometimes I paint 14″ or 16″ size paintings. If you have bought from me in the past you will recognise my standard business card :-)

Size of an ACEO painting 

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ACEO stands for ‘Art Cards, Editions and Originals’. The size is 2.5″ X 3.5″ or 89mm X 64mm. The ACEO that I create are hand painted in watercolour & pen. This photo gives you a visual idea of scale with my standard size business card on the mini easel stand (which I bought on eBay for £2).

Email Reminders

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Free email reminder when each freshly painted new artwork is added by Artist Sophie Appleton. Details on the app inside the ADDED INFO icon (paint set and question mark) or visit my http://www.sixfootsophie.co.uk website on its email reminders page. Each new Art article that is emailed to you is then removed at my end after a while, so please view your ‘Sophie Art Originals’ email as soon as it swirls towards you.