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.

Archival ballpoint pens; do they exist and where can I acquire such majesty?

Not felt tips, not gel-tips etc. They are amazing for darkness and crisp linework, but they just aren’t able to create the delicate tones that ballpoints can achieve. And ballpoint pen is one of my favourite ‘mediums’ but is highly disregarded in the art community. If I want to continue using it, I should make sure that its going to stand the tests of time instead of fading. Some people have suggested just refilling the barrel of a ballpoint pen with archival ink and work with that, but the consistency is still not the same.

Trying to pay artists with ‘exposure’ as compensation is NOT OKAY!

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Slooooow progress!

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).


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Some more progress. The colours aren’t that saturated, I blame it mostly on the lighting in this room.
Work in progress, still really early stages.
More lecture doodling. I shall call it ‘Tri-Jaw.’ 

Loosely inspired by one of my favourite childhood movies, Tremors! Check it out if you haven’t yet!
More progress! Time to start detailing.
Decided to keep going with this. Also, phone filters are fun!

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.

Cheeky lecture sketch!
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!
Some more progress.
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.’