Author: Karen Hartnell

American Quarter Horse portrait

I’ve wanted to draw a white on black image for a while and I chose this American Quarter Horse for my first attempt. For the drawing I used a white Derwent Drawing pencil for overall tone, Caran D’Ache Luminance and Faber Castell Polychromos whites for finer detailing, with some black of the Derwents where necessary […]

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Eagle Antics Cartoons: Golden vs White-tailed Part 1

I enjoy drawing cartoons, most notably the antics of Scotland’s white-tailed eagles. In my blog I’m going to tell you some of the stories behind the cartoons I’ve drawn over the years, as I have based many of them on real-life observations during my many hours watching these birds. First up, differences between the two […]

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Puffin Coloured Pencil Portrait

After my first attempt with colour pencils (blog about my Red Squirrel coloured pencil drawing here), I wanted to try another wildlife piece and opted for one of my favourite birds, the Puffin.  After some more research into the various types of coloured pencils, and which would suit my needs the best, I opted for […]

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Dog Training Injuries: Watch Your Feet!

In this blog, I’m going to start adding some posts related to the joys of dog ownership. Being a pet portrait artist, many fellow dog owners visit my website and may find some of the information useful or amusing, as in this case! This post relates to an incident I had a couple of weeks […]

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Red Squirrel Coloured Pencil portrait

Towards the end of 2019, I was thinking about a new art challenge for myself for the New Year. Coloured pencils are something I haven’t had a proper go at.  I’ve had a tin of Derwent Drawing Pencils sat in a draw for a few years, unused. Bought on a whim of thinking I would […]

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