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.

Anonymous said: Hi, I absolutely love your art! The fact that you taught yourself and how amazing all your pieces are has actually inspired me to start up drawing again, so I just want to thank you for that!

Wow, I just wanted to thank you for such a lovely comment. I am humbled that you are inspired by my work to start drawing again, it’s a good feeling! Once you start, don’t stop. The only limit is your imagination :)

wererealrarerearwheelwhales said: Love your fabric of life drawing!! Wanted you to know that you should ignore the haters. I'm a molecular geneticist and I can tell you DNA adopts all kinds of wild structures in real life situations, including left handed helices. Keep drawing!! :)

Thanks so very much, that means a lot to me! It was rather interesting seeing chemists, biochemists and geneticists talking about The Fabric of Life, it went a little like this:
"Cool, but the chirality of the helix is wrong."

"The helix should be “twisting” the other way in its way up. Though, strictly speaking there are isoforms of DNA called Z-DNA that look like this, so the artist isn’t really wrong, as such…”

No, the isoform of DNA that is a left-handed helix looks very different from that. If it is left-handed, it becomes zig-zagged (hence the name Z-DNA).”

For that matter, it’s completely missing major and minor grooves… as interesting as the design is, it would not be wise to wear it around essentially any scientists with some knowledge of biochemistry.”

Yes, you’re right. But we are talking about DNA made of wood, here. Artistic liberties and such.”

The embarrassing thing about it was that I study biology and did chemistry for a full year before I drew it (although I had never done chemistry before so I didn’t really know I guess). I feel a bit guilty that I didn’t simply rotate it the day I found out the chirality was wrong (a few hours after upload) and now people have the wrong version as a permanent copy on their skin or on a T-Shirt.

But I’ve fixed the chirality at least so that’s good, and I’m humbled that a molecular geneticist loves it regardless of its flaws :)

Does anyone know how to report images on Redbubble? Someone is trying to make money from my 'Fabric of Life' but I don't have an account.

rene-art:

It seems like their whole portfolio is stolen artwork :(

Woo! Apparently the page no longer exists so I assume it got taken down. Thankyou everyone for your help reporting my stolen artwork. I’m hoping the other stolen artwork and images were removed and that the user was banned.

The Fabric of Life (Updated)

Flipped the image horizontally so now the chirality of the DNA Helix is correct (so chemists, please stay off my back now, even though I purposely didn’t add in the major and minor grooves because it doesn’t look as good).


Buy as prints, Tees, hoodies and more from my Society6 account!

Anonymous said: Hi! I was wondering what type of stuff you use for your artwork. I know you use photoshop but what do you use on your non digital arts? I'm wondering because i wanna be as good as you are someday when it comes to art and i'm trying to expand the things i use and so far i only use my pencil and sometimes pastel, also if you have any advice for me that would be great! Thank you and you're amazing! :)

Thanks! Most of my traditional works are done with pencil (graphite and colour) and pen (ballpoint and felt tip). I usually like to combine both, but I’ve also worked with paints (acrylic and rarely water colour) and dry pastels as well. I don’t have very good quality paints or pastel pencils though so I don’t tend to work with them (and I don’t really like using them anyway).

Taken from my FAQ: 

For colour pencil works, I tend to use Derwent Artists Pencils (a set of 36). They’re a softer variety. For more precise colours and details, I use Derwent Studio Pencils (a set of 36) as they’re harder. Sketches and graphite works are done with Derwent Soft Graphite Pencils (a set of 12).

I personally use Derwent, but some people use Faber Castell and I’ve heard awesome things about Prismacolours! Just as long as they have decent pigments then usually whichever brand should be fine!

I’ve recently just got myself a mechanical pencil which is awesome for fine details. Pencil stumps, cotton buds and tissues are good for smudging. I use a kneadable eraser to get rid of lines and a Tombo brand, ‘Mono Zero’ eraser pencil which is awesome for highlights. Ball point and felt tip pens, whatever brand, are what I use for inking. I use felts mostly for linework, and ballpoints for bigger illustrations, but that does vary. I used to use white-out for highlights but upgraded to white gel pens. I use either Stonehenge paper or drawing paper in art pads, but have used pastel paper before as well.

The LEGO Movie was awesome! Everything was awesome!

Some more progress. The colours aren’t that saturated, I blame it mostly on the lighting in this room.

tvd-iron-fey-nerdy:

this is terrifying and beautiful at the same time

(Source: krimsons, via swandog-studio)

Anonymous said: Do you allow people to display your work on clothing and sell it if your name is properly displayed on the clothing with your artwork. (Curious wanting to sell shirts to raise money for my school). Thanks a bunch!

No I don’t allow it, regardless of whether my name is on there or not. In fact, if people were selling my work with my name on it and I wasn’t making a profit I’d find that somewhat unfair (plus there’s some sort of Copyright infringement going on there as well). I’ve already had people illegally selling my artwork (they removed my signature) on Tee Shirts in markets in the Ukraine.

I get offered a lot to merchandise my artwork and always reject the offer. The companies/individuals are overseas and it’s difficult for me to monitor just exactly what they’re doing with my artwork and what profits I make from it. It’s nice that the shirts would be supporting your school, but they won’t be supporting me as the artist apart from the ‘recognition’ factor. You can buy some Tees from my Society6 account (and in the future, Etsy and Redbubble) but it’s probably for the best that you commission a design from an artist and give them profit from the sales or it really defeats the purpose.

Work in progress, still really early stages.
blinkasaurus:

qkarissa:

I will get this tattooed on my bpdy

IF YOU DO PLZ HAVE THEM SWITCH IT SO THE DNA IS CORRECT. RIGHT-HANDED HELICES, PEOPLE!!!!!!!

As the artist of this (and even though I study Biology whoops) I’m aware I got the chirality wrong but I’ve been too lazy to rotate it until now.Unfortunately this drawing has gone viral and I’ve made hundreds of dollars selling this version on my print account plus heaps of people get this version as a tattoo. I’m certain since most people aren’t chemists they probably don’t care. I feel a bit guilty that I didn’t simply rotate it the day I found out the chirality was wrong (a few hours after upload) and now people have the wrong version as a permanent copy on their skinA biology group said they used it for their shirts and sent me a picture of it rotated though, which was cool and somewhat embarrassing.~Swaghetti Yolognaise.

blinkasaurus:

qkarissa:

I will get this tattooed on my bpdy

IF YOU DO PLZ HAVE THEM SWITCH IT SO THE DNA IS CORRECT. RIGHT-HANDED HELICES, PEOPLE!!!!!!!

As the artist of this (and even though I study Biology whoops) I’m aware I got the chirality wrong but I’ve been too lazy to rotate it until now.

Unfortunately this drawing has gone viral and I’ve made hundreds of dollars selling this version on my print account plus heaps of people get this version as a tattoo. I’m certain since most people aren’t chemists they probably don’t care. I feel a bit guilty that I didn’t simply rotate it the day I found out the chirality was wrong (a few hours after upload) and now people have the wrong version as a permanent copy on their skin

A biology group said they used it for their shirts and sent me a picture of it rotated though, which was cool and somewhat embarrassing.

~Swaghetti Yolognaise.


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Does anyone know how to report images on Redbubble? Someone is trying to make money from my 'Fabric of Life' but I don't have an account.

It seems like their whole portfolio is stolen artwork :(

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Yay! Now all I have to do are the wings *sigh*

Would anyone be interested if I started a Live Stream account?