Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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From Idea to #Painting.

Sometimes I am asked where I get reference for my images.  So here is how I get from an idea to a painting.

The initial idea is scribbled in my sketchbook.  Usually my ideas arrive when I am not in my studio, it is most easy when my mind is wandering free. And hopefully my sketchbook is to hand.   At this point it is terribly unrefined.  Some of the sketches look like I cannot draw at all.

Sketch plan for painting Diane Young Sketch Book

The Idea

I then look for available references to get me to what I imagine that I wish to create.  In this case it is a boy sleeping with wolves.  I practice lots of sketches of wolves and sleeping children to get to know the shapes involved using the internet, books and my own photos if I have some.

Referencing and Practice:

Wolf Sketches by artist Diane YoungSketches for Painting of Boy with wolves by artist Diane YoungSketches of Wolves by artist Diane YoungSketch book drawings by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations STroud

I then use my practice sketches to make a convincing drawing of my original idea.   It is important to observe copyright on other people’s images.  They are used for practice and allow me to become familiar with the shapes.

My personal style then contributes to the form creating a painting which is truly unique. Finally others can see a hard copy of a snippet of my imagination.  The paper trail you see here is useful to me as no sooner has the process been completed without this trail in a short period of time I would not remember how the image formed in the first place!

Sketches of wolves by Diane Young ARtist

You may notice that I created the image and the background separately at first.

Sketch of Mowgli and Wolves by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations Stroud

This painting is now nearly completed.  My previous post shows my painting as of yesterday. Once the finishing touches have been made, I will scan it and post it into my Gallery page.

I often get ideas which would be impossible in real life, trying to make the idea look real is good fun.  If you put a lion on top of an elephant, or you balance 3 magpies on top of one another, it has to be believable.  Creating convincing images that are not like real life and making viewers believe the unbelievable is the greatest and most exciting challenge of all.

“Balancing Act” Prints Available.

Tower of animals elephant, lion, bear, flamingo, Painting by artist Diane Young

 

 

 


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Studio No 71 Today

My Barn Owl painting now proudly sits in the Gallery window in the hope of a new home.

Barn Owl with gold leaf by artist Diane Young at Studio No 71 Totnes

Here is some more of my work on display too! A mixture of original paintings and prints.

Studio No 71 Totnes Gallery featuring paintings by artist Diane Young


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#Artist #Cats – Chalk and Cheese

Photo of Cleo by Diane Young Manic Illustrations

Sometimes you just have to take photos of your cats. We have plenty of these guys already. They are both moggies and completely at odds despite being mother and son.  Cleo above is built like a British Shorthair, short in the body and very bouncy, and at times rather neurotic.

Simba below is cool, laid back, huge in size with a long puma body and massive fangs.  He cannot be bothered to meow for his food, or stand up even.  He just lies on a chair, let’s his mum do all the pleading, and barely ever breaks into a trot.

 

Photo of Simba CAt of Manic Illustrations


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The Golden Bell #goldfinch #painting #ebay http://tinyurl.com/jzmne2b

The Golden Bell is for sale as an original painting, I have now mounted and framed it in a square black frame.  The Golden Bell is magical, it’s tiny ringing sound being carried far and wide.  The painting came first and the story surrounding this image is still forming itself, and as the story keeps coming to me I believe that there may be a fox who is searching for the bell too.

Painting of a goldfinch with a golden bell by artist Diane Young Manic Illustrations Stroud with gold leaf.