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.

So I found my ‘Deceiver’ piece and thought “What if I made a coloured digital copy that is more print friendly?” So now I have something new in the works. The early stages are uptop, the original piece is down the bottom.

I’ve decided to stick with the lineart and black shadows for this one as it is a distinguishing feature in the original work and I want to keep that. 

Doing the lineart is much harder the second time.

sunder-storm said: Where did you learn to draw so well? :) I would really love to be able to draw things like/as well as you someday!!

Thankyou so very kindly. It’s not a matter of ‘where’ I learned to draw, as I haven’t had any proper training or teaching for the arts at any institute (apart from high school, which was pretty standard stuff). It’s more a matter of ‘how,’ since I am self-taught. But I will offer advice as best as I can!

The biggest factor is really just practice. I know how much of a broken record that must sound like but it truly is. Drawing nearly everyday can improve your skills immensely. You might not realise it, but looking back, you will see improvement. ‘Where’ can be a helpful factor too. Taking lessons, workshops or going to art school can only help increase your skill level and knowledge. Since I haven’t really attended any of those things, I’m sure I’d be much better now if I had. 

Next is perseverance. It can be tough having a creative mind. Inspiration and motivation don’t come from just anywhere, same with good ideas. There’s always art blocks to tackle and many mental borders and restrictions. What’s hardest is looking at other artist’s work and thinking, “why am I not good as them? Why don’t I have a style like that? How come they always get work?” This mentality can bring you down, and make you want to give up. Don’t. Push yourself. Persevere. Use that as motivation to keep drawing and experimenting. Which leads me onto the last aspect.

Patience. Like any skill, you don’t become good over night. With art, it’s even more lengthy and transitional because it’s an extremely time-consuming process. When you draw everyday, you don’t realise that you’re improving. But you are. Look back at your work from last week; not very different, is it? Now from six months ago; okay so a few things have changed, maybe your colouring style. A year ago; wow, your anatomy and lighting was terrible. Two years ago…you get the point. Art is like speciation from natural selection. When you’re in the transitional phase, it’s hard to tell how what’s different from the starting phase UNTIL you reach the end phase, but this takes time to see. The same goes for work, always share and expose your art. But remember who your niche audience is. 

And really, being born with a talent does help. It’s hard for me to explain ‘how’ I learned to draw because ever since I could hold a pencil I was just able too. It’s always been a part of me and whenever I put pen to paper or brush to canvas or stylus to Wacom I feel as though I’m following an imaginary line; it just happens and I’m not thinking about it. When people ask me ‘how’ and I give them all these answers, really the truthful answer is that I don’t really know how, and sometimes I even look back at my work and question it myself.

So really the best advice I can give, is to never stop drawing. Practice different genres, mediums, styles, techniques. Study from life, study from photographic references, study other artists’s work, study light and shadow, study colour, study perspective, composition and anatomy. Analyse the theory, go to lessons, attend workshops, expose your art, gain feedback, try different things, do speed paints, do big projects and just draw really. Art is boundless and endless, the only limit to your skill is when you’re NOT drawing.

Practice, perseverance and patience; the three P’s in art. Follow those, and you’ll be able to draw like me in no time! 

Cheeky lecture sketch!

beahumblebee said: do you feel that you receive a fair amount of profit from selling on society6? I'm looking into making some profit from my art through them so I wanted to know from someone who has used it before c:

katelouisepowell:

I didn’t at first, but now I definitely do! Since August 2012 I’ve made $1,766.42 which I think is incredible considering all I had to do was upload the images! I would definitely recommend it, but don’t be put off if it doesn’t take off straight away, it took me a few months before anyone started buying anything. Good luck dear!

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Society6 is definitely worth it! As Kate said, it starts of slow, but as you build your audience things will sell more. Some things sell more than others; most of my profit has come from the Fabric of Life T-Shirt design (and some of my other work too), which earns me about $150 a month in sales and so far I’ve earned about $1,500 since 2012. You never know if you don’t try, and it can only help!

Insect wings are more time consuming than I thought, and I have some busy days coming up so don’t expect Scyther to be finished for a few days!

pindaboom:

Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014

Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.

I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.

Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.

What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.

Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.

Animated movies are the best kind; they touch me in ways that no other genre of movie can. And the amount of creativity, talent and skill it takes to make them is phenomenal. If people truly want to experience more magic in movies, they need to watch more animation.

(via hballard)

Anonymous said: Your bulbasaur is amazing could you do a evolution of the original 3 and pikachu please?! :)

I guess you’re talking about that Bulbasaur I did years ago? I don’t do requests, and I’ve already done evolution sketches for all the starters (including the so called ‘original three’) and a realistic Pikachu. Look through my previous work.

Edit: I put the ‘original three’ in quotations because, even though they are the original three starters, I find the term belittling to the other generations, as though the other starters that came after are inferior or not in anyway ‘original.’

Arcanine process.

Some more Scyther progress! Should have him done tonight :)

Charizard process.

So let’s pretend that Scyther’s real lizard eyes aren’t there and that the pseudo-mantis eyes are his real eyes.It looks like he’s pulling the biggest ‘Hai guiz!’ derp face hahaha.
capturedbysam:

► Sam Halladay
Scyther WIP!

youngjusticer:

Skarmory, the “armor-bird” Pokemon, has hollow wings that allow it to travel up to 180 mph. Its nests are usually found in thorn bushes, where continual scratching of its skin hardens it into an iron-like state. Skarmory has much in common with the Andean Condor and shares characteristics of Pteranodons. It is also similar to many mythological, metallic birds like the Stymphalians, the Gagana, and the Alicanto. Galvantula, the “electric-spider” Pokemon, is 2’7” and weighs 31.5 lbs. Its name is galvanism (electricity produced by chemical action) + tarantula. Galvantula likes to use electrically-charged silk to ensnare prey. The electricity stuns the victim, allowing it to consume the target at its leisure. Arcanine, the “legendary” Pokemon, has long been admired for its beauty and speed, and anyone who hears its bark will grovel before it. Arcanine is based on the Ryukyuan, mythical creatures inspired by lions. Statues of them in pairs are used as guardians that invite good spirits and repel evil ones. It could also be based on the Haetae, a fire-eating dog with similarities to tigers. Scyther, the “mantis” Pokemon, possesses blade-like forearms that are capable of slicing through logs and become sharper by cutting hard materials. Its name is a combination of scythe + -er (suffix that references its sharp blades). Scyther draws inspiration from grasshoppers but its face is more reptilian, with resemblance to dinosaurs and dragons.

Concept Sketch, by René Campbell.

erikjonesart:

Erik Jones / Red Winter / Colored pencil, acrylic, wax pastel / 16”x20” / 2014

erikjonesart:

Erik Jones / Red Winter / Colored pencil, acrylic, wax pastel / 16”x20” / 2014