Saturday, September 27, 2008

I've been going on with my mammal job, just let the news about the Birdwatch Award be in first place.

Red fox, eating a hedgehog roadkill:

... and emptying a mouse nest:

Badger looking for bugs and worms under the bark of a fallen tree:

Coypu about to climb up the riverbank:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I've just received the great news from my artist friend, Katrina Cook, that I'm the winner of this year's 'Birdwatch Artist of the Year' competition.
My winning painting is the Shorebird one with the title 'We are all young':

I only have a photo of it framed from this bad angle:

You can read the news at Birdwatch's webpage:

In 2002 I won the 1st prize in the identification category of Birdwatch's competition:

Friday, September 19, 2008

The next Roe Deer illustration, a young buck with one antler missing:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Roebuck cleaning his antlers in a spring forest:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Here's the next illustration in the series: Brown Hare hiding in the grass. This is also A4 sized, watercolour and gouache on paper.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Here's a new illustration, boxing Brown Hares. It's watercolour and titanium white gouache on paper (A4 sized).

Saturday, September 06, 2008

I've just played with the Tiger painting on my computer. In Paint programme I've copied the painting into one of my older frames, and I was really surprised that it fits so well! It's quite interesting that the original painting of this frame shows some displaying Great Bustards. Interesting, because I find real similarity between the Bustard and Tiger species, as they both show the same colour and pattern. I'm quite sure that this is the reason why this frame fits these 2 paintings so well.

I've painted a Tiger painting for a charity in the UK, Tiger Awareness ( This will go to an exhibition in October, where they are trying to sell it and use the money for their projects.
Here I show you my work step by step.

The founder of the cahrity, Phil Davis emailed me his photograph of B2, the alpha male of Bandavgarh National Park. I changed the photo a little bit to have a more attractive composition. Here's my basic sketch:

If one paints an individual Tiger it's very important to have all the stripes exactly positioned, so I decided to draw the shape with the help of a network (othervise it would take ages to draw everything correctly):

Here's the first layer:

First I completed the background. I tried not to paint every single piece of grass, but to make it a little bit more loose:

And the final painting. The photograph had a very beautiful and unique atmosphere, I think because of the early morning light, just minutes before sunrise. I tried to capture this also on my painting. This is oil on canvasboard (50x70 cms):

A detail, the head of B2: