Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

Every Picture tells a story – realistic and stylised animals in art from Manic Illustrations


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Compare & Contrast with #Cows

Highland Cows in the Cotswolds

Having visited Scotland last year I have seen Highland Cattle in fields in their native country,  yet my own photos of Highland Cows are taken very near my home in the Cotswolds where they roam free over hundreds of acres of natural land during the summer months.Highland Cow PHoto by artist Diane YoungSometimes they just stand on the road and the traffic have to wait for them to move.  I love that these cows are extremely docile and have characterful & steadfast faces.

Nosey Highland Cow and Tonal Variation

A helpful way to review tonal variation in a painting is to take a black and white photo.  If you are struggling with a painting and cannot quite figure out hHighland Cow Painting by artist Diane Young Stroudow to fix it a quick snapshot can point out problems in this area.  My black and white photo here shows a good range of darks through to white.  There was just a bit of light shadow to add to the face to finish.Monochrome photo of painting of Highland Cow by Diane Young


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Gloucestershire Old Spot #Pig Painting

Painting of a Gloucester Old Spot Pig by Diane Young of Manic Illustrations

….thanks to Boondockers Farm in Oregon for permission to use their photo. These pigs were imported to the US during the 1900’s for breeding. “British folklore claims the large black spots are bruises caused by the apples falling onto them as they foraged the orchard floors for food.”