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.


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 :)

Coming along slowly. I was really hoping to have this done by now, but I should have it finished before holidays are over!

Anonymous said: What is your favorite art form to practice? (Painting, sketching, etc)

I love sketching and drawing, usually in pen but sometimes pencil (graphite and coloured). My next favourite medium would be drawing digitally.
Painting is at the bottom of the list. Too time consuming (on-off), expensive and messy. Other mediums such as 3D artwork, collages etc. I haven’t tried since I left high school. They didn’t really interest me!

flat6ix said: Are you really interested in cars, or am I just special?

I’m not interested in them personally. I wouldn’t say being interested in them is ‘special,’ a lot of people I know are interested in cars (my Dad and brother for example). They are interesting though, and old muscle cars are pretty cool!

Anonymous said: Are you truly half Aboriginal? You strongly support the expulsion of whites out of the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa?

Half Aboriginal? What no, only partly Aboriginal, a very small and minute amount. One of my Great, Great, Great Grandmothers (I don’t know how far back) was fully Aboriginal, so it would be there but quite negligible. I haven’t really asked my Dad or figured out the mathematics of how ‘Aboriginal’ I truly am. I don’t know where you got the half from as I’ve never said I was half Aboriginal, but I don’t how much for sure. To be honest, I don’t know an awful lot about my family tree in general but I’ve wanted to find out!
I also don’t really quite know what you mean by your second question; you’ve worded it in a way that it almost sounds like a statement but I’ve never mentioned it (nor actually thought about it) so I’m not going to answer that part.

I got High Distinctions for all four of my topics this semester! Hard work really does pay off. Now someone pass me the vodka!

Read More