The Art of René Campbell

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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.

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14. Piercings I want
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(Source: unf-kellin-quinn, via wryer)

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 asked: 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.
Skarmory concept in progress. Ignore that foot I messed up.
Realistic Galvantula concept. Pencil and Felt tip in about 2 hours.


The Abyss // Manta Madness photos by Mako Miyamoto

Photog: Behance / Website / Society6

Galvantula is real!That’s a Green-Bottle Blue Tarantula spiderling.
Realistic Galvantula concept in progress.

(Source: hellanne, via jasonlimberg)


Near Kötschach, Austria | Wolfgang Moritzer


Near Kötschach, Austria | Wolfgang Moritzer

(via mentalalchemy)