Sunday, 14 June 2015

* DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year * 2015

Here is my postcard sized watercolour painting I am donating to DSWF WAY 2015 :)

' TIGER TIPPLE ' Bengal tiger watercolour painting
original 6" x 4"
DSWF donation for WAY 2015 exhibition

Friday, 3 April 2015

EXCITING NEWS! DSWF David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2015

I'm very excited to have had this little monkey shortlisted and selected for the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2015 exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, between 29th June - 4th July 2015.

Lots of amazing talented artists, conservationists, and wildlife enthusiasts will be involved to make this years exhibition extra special! Hope to see you there! Jules

' Cave Danger'
Original watercolour 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

FINISHED *Snow Leopard Painting*

Presenting ' CAVE DANGER ' snow leopard cub

' CAVE DANGER ' snow leopard watercolour painting
original 12" x 8"  

Finally here is the high resolution scan of my latest snow leopard cub painting! Strangely, this is actually the first painting I've done where the subject is staring out at the viewer. I wanted to portray a hidden vulnerable cub but also a youngster eager to explore, therefore her body is half in the shade and half peering out towards the light. This also balanced the light and shade of the composition beside the strong diagonal and shaping. I didn't want any detailing attracting away from the cubs gaze so the rock face and interior cave have a more impressionistic approach. I pushed the paper to the limits of wet on wet, manipulating the watercolours granulation effects and stains, creating a mottled appearance suiting the rough rock face perfectly!

I used a very limited colour palette hoping this would reflect the harsh conditions for a wild snow leopard, as always my favourite big cat! Thanks for reading :) Jules

Thank you Mikion for kind use of your fantastic photography

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

NEW snow leopard cub painting

This is a close-up snippet of my recently finished snow leopard cub painting, I will upload the complete picture very soon! Hope you are all well :) Jules

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


Tigers have been declining rapidly over the last 100 years, with 97% of wild tigers being lost in the last 100 years. At present, as few as 3,200 tigers remain in the wild! Protect tigers now!

This is an older painting of a Sumatran tiger, please support Tigers in the wild, so that future generations can love and admire their magnificence and natural beauty, and see that we did all we could to protect and save the species!!!

Monday, 12 May 2014

NEW tiger painting

This is the very early stages of my latest painting. Here I have mapped out my composition and have sketched in the tigers with my paintbrush, thus far keeping a loose approach in case I want to alter anything!

The 'white' of the picture will act as the light path through the scene, this will stay as close to the original white of the paper as possible without interference. I have painted the tiger stripes to mirror some of the shaping in the picture as they would in the wild. The natural camouflage for a tiger is imperative to it's survival, allowing it to stalk prey in long grasses successfully and hide when necessary. The initial background wash faintly indicates further back trees and surround, in areas this will also be painted upon with stronger colour and detailing. The final picture may look like it was painted with a limited colour range however I may use more colours where necessary, with a dynamic back-lit halo around the tigers! I am hoping to achieve a good depth of field in the picture, with some strong visible detailing and areas of subtle persuasion for your mind to complete the scene :) I hope you enjoy following! Jules

Saturday, 12 April 2014

FINISHED *Mountain Lion painting*

Presenting ' THE HUNTED ' mountain lion / puma / cougar / panther

' THE HUNTED ' mountain lion watercolour painting
original 12" x 4" 

I was going through my portfolio and remembered this mountain lion painting I started 2 years ago! My heart was never completely in it at the time, but I had a sudden urge to complete him. I decided to crop the initial painting to just the eyes, drawing attention to the power and poise of the mountain cat. I hope you like the new outcome, I am much happier with this crop and think it captures strength and uncertainty.

This mountain lion may have his eyes fixed on his next hunt, but who is hunting who? Habitat destruction, roadkill, poaching, poisoning and primarily trophy hunters are killing more mountain lions today than at any other time in our nation's history. Wildlife biologists know mountain lions are vital and invaluable. They are a keystone species playing an irreplaceable and complex role on the landscape, existing in low densities and are self-regulating which means they control their own population size in balance with the ecosystem without the need for human intervention. Why would one kill something so magnificent and call it a trophy?

Thank you Steve Tracy for allowing use of your lovely reference :) Jules
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