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.

hatwearinbaron said: My computer and internet decided they would look me in the face today and say "What? You want me to function?... HA!!!" so i dont know if you got the previous message i attempted to send, but i would be interested in learning about # 13

Oh yes, computers are cheeky!

13. Life goals

At the moment, I want to move into an honours degree and hopefully a PHD for marine biology. After that, I hope to study and conserve the natural world, write lots of scientific papers, explore and travel and classify all sorts of organisms and meet new people.

On side of that, I want to work on my art, and to continue doing what I’m doing but gaining a larger audience. I want my biology to play a part in my art and I want to get more efficient with entering competitions and helping conservation charities and scientific studies.

I just really want to devote myself to learning and observing the natural world around me and exploring my imagination through my artwork. I want to be with like-minded people and try to understand our world and influence positive change. I also want to try and live a more healthy and active lifestyle.

In short, focussing on become a field marine biologist, working on and sharing my art and travelling are my biggest life goals.

Anonymous said: 14

14. Piercings I want

I’m not a big fan of piercings. I have my ear lobes pierced and that’s it. Although, if I had a nice flat tummy I’ve always admired belly button piercings!

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maverickanoidite said: 2, 20: Are you afraid that by participating in the protest of dumping waste into the Barrier Reef, you will be a target by violent anti-environmentalists? It did happened to couple who defended the Amazon had their lives cut short.

2. A Picture of Me

Er, gosh, I don’t have many normal pictures of me. Most of them have been taken while I’ve been out and looking quite sloppy. This one is one of my better portraits, but was still taken nearly 1.5 years ago (I don’t take many selfies).



I haven’t actually participated in any protests, but was meaning to protest twice in the national protests held against the Western Australia Shark Cull. There haven’t been many protests about the GBR where I live (in South Australia), although up here in Tropical North Queensland that may be different. If I were to protest, no I wouldn’t be afraid. Protesting here in Australia isn’t usually extreme and protesters aren’t usually targeted. As far as I’m concerned, most people are against the idea and our protests are usually well supported and looked after so I would feel relatively safe :)

Anonymous said: 10

Oh dear, I have so many haha! Intelligence, lip biting (theirs or mine), licking their lips, making out (especially in the dark), massages and back scratches, moaning, gasping, hair pulling and tugging, spanking, cheeky smiles, messy hair, tailored suits, ear nibbling, skin grabbing/scratching, being told what to do etc.

Anonymous said: 16, 19

16. Favourite Movie

Oh goodness, I have so many! I love animated movies, pretty much any of the Pixar and Ghibli range but also enjoy How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Pandas 1 & 2, and EPIC. But I adore animated movies, both traditional and CGI. They evoke emotions in me that no other genre does, and appeal to the animator and concept artist in me.

I also like my fantasy and Sci-Fi (District 9 being most notable). Throw in some random horrors, comedies and such and I’m sorted!

19. Middle Name


1. The meaning behind my URL
2. A picture of me
3. Tattoos I have
4. Last time I cried and why
5. Piercings I have
6. Favorite Band
7. Biggest turn off(s)
8. Top 5 (insert subject)
9. Tattoos I want
10. Biggest turn on(s)
11. Age
12. Ideas of a perfect date
13. Life goal(s)
14. Piercings I want
15. Relationship status
16. Favorite movie
17. A fact about my life
18. Phobia
19. Middle name
20. Anything you want to ask

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Ick I just realised her nose is a tad short and I positioned it wrong! Good thing I’ll be redoing this in colour!
Current work in progress, ‘Lionfish.’

Fuck insomnia.

caffeinefox said: I really admire your ability to draw fantasy creatures, even with no references. Were there any tutorials or certain things you would do when practicing that would help you get the hang of them? I have trouble drawing creatures of any sort.

Thank you! I still have trouble drawing some fantasy animals. Apart from dragons, because I’ve been drawing those since I was four and I essentially don’t need reference for them at all. But when I drew other fantasy animals without reference, I realise the anatomy wasn’t as accurate as it needed to be. I struggle a bit with mammals and birds but have a knack with anything reptilian or invertebrate-like. Most of that has just come from natural observation.

There’s a few tutorials out there that I looked at but I didn’t find them overly helpful. Everyone has different methods and concepts when it comes to drawing fantasy animals. Reference photos are a huge help! I use a variety and stick them together, and often make the rest up as I go. With Scyther that I just posted, I looked at the Boyd’s Forest Dragon and praying mantids/grasshoppers. The rest was partly modelled after a dinosaur, keeping in mind close details like the hairs and spiracles on the carapace.

One advantage I have is that I’m a studying biologist, so I play close attention to anatomical details in the field and lab. I observe how and where things join together and how they move. Every fantasy animal follows some sort of already-existing biological rule, and it’s important that you follow these aspects to give your fantasy animals a realistic and plausible approach.

You can look at tutorials, but I find them more of a ‘how to draw this fantasy creature in this type of pose’ kind of thing. But I do recommend anatomy and physiology books on different kinds of animals and I recommend taking some studies.

Essentially, you can’t bend and break the rules you have no understanding of. When you start observing and understanding animal anatomy, then you can incorporate it altogether to create your own species. Goodluck and have fun!

Last one for tonight! Realistic Scyther concept. Goodnight :)
I’m on a roll today! Working on the insect reptile, commonly known as Scyther.
Realistic Skarmory concept. Ignore the foot ick.