The Art of René Campbell

Artist(s) Drawing
The general art blog of René Campbell, a 20 year-old female currently residing in a little city in South Australia called Adelaide. I study Marine Biology by day, work as a bartender by night, and draw everywhere and anywhere inbetween!

I post my finished pieces of artwork and drawings, sketches, works in progress, photography and thoughts. I will also tend to reblog things that inspire me or what I enjoy. If you want to see nothing but my artwork, you can find it here or through the links below.
NOTE: I do not take commissions at this time and most certainly do not take art requests. Thankyou.

A closeup: starting to add little details and highlights! Sometimes unrealistic, shiny highlights look a bit more interesting :)…I also have a fascination with orange and blue. Heh.


ANOTHER ANATOMY POST! Only three vertebrate groups have successfully evolved flight: Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs, which are NOT dinosaurs, and are an extremely diverse group of reptiles! Pterodactyl is not the only one. However, birds ARE dinosaurs. Avian dinosaurs!

Wings are not some extra structure you tack on to a creature and somehow the arms go away— they ARE arms. Think about that when you are designing creatures with wings and also giving them arms. That means your creature has six limbs.

Next anatomy post: The anatomy and evolution of DRAGONS. If you guys have any requests, feel free to send them in!

Yes! Remember this little cheeky post I made about this the other day?

Well it’s quite important! In order to understand creature design, you must understand anatomy! Now if I receive one more comment about how I made Charizard’s wings ‘look like arms,’ I will link them to both my post and this one (which explains it much better)!

(via amaluelmwood)

When you’ve designed some sort of creature and someone says “”Um, why does its wings look like arms???”





Not birds. Aviary wings do not share the same 5 digit limb structure.

The homology of the digits in the bird wing is actually a matter of debate. Phylogenetic evidence conclusively shows that the digits of the bird wing are the thumb, the ‘‘index’’ finger and the middle finger. The embryological origin of these fingers, however, is identical to that of those fingers that usually form the ‘‘index’’, middle and ‘‘ring’’ finger. There are several hypotheses about which digits were reduced and eventually lost in theropods.

Birds and theropod dinosaurs both have three digits, but these digits differ between each other (dinosaurs have digits one, two and three; birds have digits from the second, third and fourth positions). An intermediate theropod fossil, Limusaurus, has a mix of the different digits and bones in the wrist, suggesting that the evolution of digits in birds may have resulted from a ‘shift in digit identity characterised early stages of theropod evolution.’ Granted, the ‘wings’ of birds and bats are regarded as being examples of ‘discrete homology’ (but are also analogous, as with petrosaur wings). 

I’d also like to point out that every comment I get like this is always related to bat wings rather than birds wings (on a dragon for example), where homology of the digits is clearly evident. That’s the annoying part. Also, I don’t mean to nitpick, but I think the term you’re looking for is ‘avian wings,’ not ‘aviary wings’ (which is an enclosure for keeping birds).

Also, a cheeky reference worth reading (not tooooo out of date): Wagner, GP 2005, ‘The Developmental Evolution of Avian Digit Homology: An Update’, Theory in Biosciences, vol. 124, pp. 165-183.

DeviantArt is being cute again with some great critique…on a Pikachu drawing, that I did over three years ago <3Supersonic987:"Veintiseis09 said that the pic was REALLY UGLY and was not artNo lie se replied me that”ReneCampbellArt: "I couldn’t care if she thought it was ugly, or what she thinks is ‘art.’ It’s simply fan art and is no different to all three Pokémon interpretations in Veintiseis09’s favourites. In fact, that’s the only thing on Veintiseis09’s entire DeviantArt page. So if she wants to lecture me about what ‘art’ is (because her non-existent gallery says she knows oh-so-much) then she can tell me herself :)Also, ReneCampbellArt said that this comment was REALLY UGLY.No lie I told you that.”

When you’ve designed some sort of creature and someone says “”Um, why does its wings look like arms???”



Would anyone be interested in buying some of my original artworks?

(First, sorry about the photo quality. It’s ruined the contrast, colours and details for each piece of artwork. Yucky Fujifilm.)

I was going through my artwork recently and realised that nearly every piece I finish goes into a portfolio, only to collect dust and sit in the dark for the rest of eternity. I don’t necessarily need them and it’s a bit of a waste if they just sit there, so I’m thinking about selling some of my originals (pretty much the ones in the photo above).

Obviously I would make them ‘sales-worthy’ (trimming the edges, removing tiny smudges if there are any etc.). The price would vary on each individual artwork, keeping in mind the size, the amount of time it took, the materials, the quality etc. I don’t really have the money to frame and mount them all but I might do it for a few of my personal favourites :) I’d probably take care of any shipping/postage costs.

My artworks need new homes, so if enough people are interested I will sort something out in the next few weeks :)

(Also I live in Australia, so keep that in mind when it comes to shipping etc.)


Copia de dibujo

These look really cool! (Although I think ‘trace’ would be the more appropriate term, not copy). I’m glad you mentioned my name in the tags, however I would appreciate it if you credited me properly as the original artist for 'Observer' and 'Deceiver' as well.

Update, about 65-70% through. Started adding more highlights and playing around with the contrast. All that’s left are final details and textures.Will be available as a print/T-shirt when completed!


Pass of the Arrows, 2013;

Alexander Nail

Those colours are inspirational *__*

(via naturalpalettes)

Update on my stolen ‘Fissure’ artwork that was being sold on T-Shirts.

Hello everyone! I’d just like to say that one of my followers got in contact with the publisher of the magazine that was selling my artwork on T-Shirts without my permission (and at Comic Con). Sadly, Microsoft Outlook didn’t send my email but I am now in contact with the publisher and we are personally discussing and resolving the issue.

In a surprise twist of events, the modified artwork was actually done by a ‘professional graphic artist’ (who I will not name for security reasons) who was commissioned specifically by the magazine (they had no knowledge that the artwork was actually stolen from me). They have contacted the artist (and I will later today) and I will be getting compensated! The publisher fully respects the rights to artist’s work deeply upset about the scenario and has apologised. Turns out we were both ‘ripped off’ in the end.

I’d like to thank everyone for their support during this short time, and for giving me valuable advice. I am really glad that I didn’t have to take legal action so quickly in (although I was skeptical that the publisher would get in contact with me). I am glad that people shared the situation to not only help provide help (as this scenario was definitely one of the worst I’ve faced and I wasn’t sure how to go about it) but to make others aware that this stuff does happen. However, the publisher has received a lot of unnecessary hate mail and threats from this, which was NOT my intention and has placed a negative view and a lot of pressure on not only the magazine but for me as well. I do appreciate everyone who got in contact, but also remember to try and be respectful about it! I have since removed my original Tumblr and Facebook posts to try and minimise any more negative mail/comments to the publisher and the magazine itself.

Again, we are currently resolving matters and it looks like today will be a much better day after all. If I don’t fall asleep throughout the day after staying up until 3:30 am last night dealing with this issue, I may get some more art done! Thanks once again!


snugglesharks said: Sorry for sending you so many messages but I just forwarded my conversation with the guy from Girls & Corpses to your gmail. He seems genuinely sorry and has taken the shirt down and offered you compensation. Best of luck dealing with this!

Thank you so much for this! I did contact them via Facebook and attempted to send an email via their website, but I checked and for some reason it didn’t go through with Microsoft Outlook. I was going to re-send it through Gmail and it seems you have beaten me to it!

I am really glad that you got in contact and I am happily announcing that I’ve taken matters from here and the issue is being resolved! Thanks for being so helpful, I really do appreciate it as I wasn’t sure if any of my messages were going to be replied too or just how serious this scenario was going to get.
Kind regards,


lazy-queer said: Hey I sent you a message about a week ago about a piece of your art being used on a shirt that was being sold at comic con. did you receive that message?

Oh shit are you for real??? I didn’t receive it, which art piece was it? ):


Someone was talking about a beetle man that looked similar to a knight, so I tried my hand at the idea.  It took maybe a few hours?

This is amazing, god damn. The design is awesome. Loving the wing detail and the Goliath Beetle pattern on the torso as well! Although, I do wonder if the wing movement would be restricted somewhat if the elytra (wing case) remained stationary like that? Unless of course, the wings are just for display. Just a thought :)

More foxy fun, about 35% through now! Hoping to get to 50% tonight