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.

'Deceiver.' Illustrative interpretation of the Red Fox. Done in ballpoint pen in about 4 hours (January, 2013).

'Deception.' Coloured-digital remake of Deceiver. Done in Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Cintiq 24HD in about 14 hours (August 2014).

'Deception.'Coloured-digital remake of my ballpoint pen drawing 'Deceiver.' Illustrative interpretation of the Red Fox. Here’s an overview of my process.Adobe Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Cintiq 24 HD | App. 14 Hours.Full resolution.Buy as T-Shirts, Hoodies, Prints and more!

'Deception.'

Coloured-digital remake of my ballpoint pen drawing
'Deceiver.' Illustrative interpretation of the Red Fox. Here’s an overview of my process.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Cintiq 24 HD | App. 14 Hours.

Full resolution.

Buy as T-Shirts, Hoodies, Prints and more!


A closeup: starting to add little details and highlights! Sometimes unrealistic, shiny highlights look a bit more interesting :)…I also have a fascination with orange and blue. Heh.

Would anyone be interested in buying some of my original artworks?

(First, sorry about the photo quality. It’s ruined the contrast, colours and details for each piece of artwork. Yucky Fujifilm.)

I was going through my artwork recently and realised that nearly every piece I finish goes into a portfolio, only to collect dust and sit in the dark for the rest of eternity. I don’t necessarily need them and it’s a bit of a waste if they just sit there, so I’m thinking about selling some of my originals (pretty much the ones in the photo above).

Obviously I would make them ‘sales-worthy’ (trimming the edges, removing tiny smudges if there are any etc.). The price would vary on each individual artwork, keeping in mind the size, the amount of time it took, the materials, the quality etc. I don’t really have the money to frame and mount them all but I might do it for a few of my personal favourites :) I’d probably take care of any shipping/postage costs.

My artworks need new homes, so if enough people are interested I will sort something out in the next few weeks :)

(Also I live in Australia, so keep that in mind when it comes to shipping etc.)

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!
More foxy fun, about 35% through now! Hoping to get to 50% tonight 

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.

Coming along slowly. I was really hoping to have this done by now, but I should have it finished before holidays are over!
Animation comparing 'Deceiver' with the new coloured version I’m working on (~25% completion).
Will update with proper comparisons when I’m finished :) 

Animation comparing 'Deceiver' with the new coloured version I’m working on (~25% completion).

Will update with proper comparisons when I’m finished :) 

Getting some highlights in. Still a while to go yet!

Various Tattoos people have of my art work - ‘Prevailer’ and ‘The Fabric of Life.’

Unfortunately tattoo artist names and locations cannot be provided at this stage.

Various Tattoos people have of my art work - ‘Fissure,’ ‘Echo,’ ‘Gengar’ and ‘Curiosity.’

Unfortunately tattoo artist names and locations cannot be provided at this stage.

Various Tattoos people have of my art work - ‘Observer’ and ‘Deviser.’

Unfortunately tattoo artist names and locations cannot be provided at this stage.