Diane Young

Artist ~ Printmaker ~ Painter ~Every Picture tells a story ~ Artwork ©Diane Young


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Commission Your #Dog as a Stylised Character – #Pet Portraits with Flair

Do you think that you might like to commission a painting of your pet? It may or may not be a dog as featured here; any animal will do for an artist interested in animals! Perhaps a realistic portrait is what you are looking for?   Look no further as I can do realistic paintings of animals including dogs just like this one of Fred the spaniel….

A painting of a dog portrait by artist Diane Young

Fred Spaniel Commission

BUT……….what if you want something a bit different?  I have found over time  that there are people out there who like their pets adapted into characters of themselves.  This is where I get the chance to set up a scene based on your idea of your pet with all its’ attributes.

One such commission seen below was based on a dog who was a stray that was adopted into the family. This painting  is the end result of the dialogue between the lady commissioning the painting and myself.  The storyline is that the stray English Pointer arrived at this National Heritage Castle that they managed during Christmas time looking rather forlorn and neglected.  Subsequently he became a very happy family pet.

Commission of an English Pointer painting with gold leaf by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations Stroud

Pointer Commission

My latest commission seen below follows on from this with two stylised dog characters, an older staffy type and a young chicken-chasing dachshund cross.  All the characters and the rainbow were requested by the customer.  All details are discussed by email or phone if preferred.  After much discussion emails are sent to the customer with the final composition as a sketch.  And later with the final painting.  It is so rewarding to part with a finished piece to another satisfied customer.

Painting of a stylised character dog pet portrait and some chickens and ducks by artist Diane Young of Stroud

There are many examples on my illustration style gallery here.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch, let’s have a conversation about what you have in mind and I am sure that I could come up with suggestions to get us started on that very original painting.

email me : diane@manicillustrations.com

 


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#Snow for #Christmas?

With the snow falling outside how about some last minute  Christmas shopping online?…Slate hearts for sale with original acrylic paintings and finished with matte varnish to buy from me with only a few days to go!  Email me on diane@manicillustrations.com


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#Animal #Artist Claudia Hahn

I ventured to Nature In Art to see artist in residence Claudia Hahn who is an amazing animal painter.  She uses all sorts of medium alongside gold leaf and bronze pigments and travelled in India on an elephant to capture pictures of tigers for reference.   I can usually resist a purchase but this time I could not walk away without taking home the print below of “Grumpy Old man”.  See this Tiger print below (still in cellophane hence the highlights!). Find out more about Claudia here.

Photo of artist in residence Claudia Hahn at Nature in Art Glos

Print by Claudia Hahn of a Tiger


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When is a Painting Finished?

So When is a Painting Actually Finished?

When it has made it to the bin?  Hopefully not.

I have ready many tips on this and this one sums it up in a great way for me.

Artist Bryan Evans states in The Artist that

“…a painting is finished when it’s not as good as it just was, and is unlikely to get any better.”

Easy to say;, but hard to (cockadoodle) do!

Diane Young post about finishing a painting of a Rooster or Cockerel


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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.”