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.

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 
Just started lineart for a tattoo commission :)

Anonymous said: Can I ask what type of paper you used for your most recent coloured pencil drawing?

Kraft-coloured Stonehenge paper.

darklordnivlek said: Hey my names kelvin and I was wondering what do you use for your skin tones. Cause I have been looking into getting skintone color pencils and I wanted to see what other great artist recommend.

Hello there! For pencils I use the Derwent brand (usually the Studio set which have harder pigments for details but I sometimes the Artists set which have softer pigment). It’s not really about the brand though, it’s about picking the right colours and knowing how to use them.

I start by making a gradient with one colour (the mid-skin tone, if you will), and overlap that gradient with other colours to blend. I’m not the most proficient with skin tones but I have tackled some relatively realistic pencil pieces in the past with both pencils and a skin-tone set of pastel pencils. Skin tones vary, and it’s important to remember that skin is NOT one colour. There’s a lot of biology going on underneath the flesh, and this changes with anatomy and lighting.

For example, the shadows on skin aren’t just a darker tanned/brown colour. Use a darker colour of the skin tone to lay down some basic shadows, but when getting it realistic, purples, reds, blues and even hints of greens embody shadows really well. The same goes with highlights; a lighter colour of the skin tone to get that gradient down, but yellows, creams, whites, even light pinks, blues and purples make for good highlights. In some of my pieces, I like to use white and black pen for shadows and highlights and to break away from realism and stylise the drawing a bit more. When doing realistic pieces however, it is important to never use just straight whites or blacks to shade (and if you do, use them sparingly or mix them with other colours).

As said before, you can actually buy specific skin-tone sets of coloured pencils and pastels, but these are usually just a range of shades in the tans, beiges and browns, with a peach, yellow or pink colour thrown in and black and white to finish it off. Don’t rely on that set. Remember to pair it with the other colours I’ve mentioned to get a natural look. I’d post my skin tones but I’m about to head off to bed so I’ll do that tomorrow (I might make a basic tutorial if anyone is interested!).

Here’s a basic tutorial on pencil colours to use for skin tones and how to blend them. There’s plenty more out there if you search. Hope that helps, and if you need me to specify anything let me know :)

My phone battery died so I had no music and decided to end tonight’s art session, so here’s a small update. Also showing the colours I’ve used :)

Problems drawing in a traditional medium after drawing digitally.

Problem 1: Trying to erase a mistake by pushing ‘Ctrl + Z’ in one’s mind.

Solution: Grab a real life eraser and use accordingly.

Problem 2: Trying to use the eye dropper tool to select a colour.

Solution: Physically pick up the coloured pencil/paint you want and blend.

Problem 3: Trying to save progress before getting up to grab a cup of tea.

Solution: Just leave it; there’s no risk of it crashing.

Problem 4: Trying to rotate the image using Photoshop commands.

Solution: Just use your hands.

onedayillgetrevenge said: Like all my nights with insomnia, I was on tumblr, and taking a look at yours tumblr, and OMG, Do you study biology too?

I do indeed, I’m currently in my third year of studying Marine Biology and then Honours after that :)