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Collection by Marietjie Uys

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This is a collection of animal drawings and paintings I did.

Marietjie Uys
How to draw: A Centipede Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Rocks, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals, Animales

How to draw: A Centipede

It is time we learned to draw the creepy crawlies. These have always fascinated me, but even more so after I wrote and illustrated my first children's novel. In today's blog I am going to show you how to draw a centipede, paying close attention to getting the detail right that makes this creature so creepy. We then use a combination of media to colour our picture, namely pens and colouring pencils. This is more fun than it would appear at first glance. You will need a sheet of paper and a…

Art Journal: An Overview of the Completed Journal What Is Freedom, Stages Of Grief, Sense Of Life, Drawing Exercises, All Birds, Journal Entries, Animal Drawings, Decoupage, Arts And Crafts

Decorating a Book Cover with Paint & Decoupage

I recently bought a drawing book with black pages to doodle in. However, when I removed the plastic film around the book, I discovered to my horror that the ugly green paper with the manufacturer's name on it, was in fact a sticker! Try as I would, I could not remove it. I decidedly did not want such an ugly cover for my book, even though I only intended to doodle in it. I figured I could do better than to simply cover it. The result was a cover that was decoupaged and then painted with a…

Chicken Love - A Mixed Media Project Product Review, Some Pictures, Animal Drawings, Decoupage, Decorative Plates, Mixed Media, Arts And Crafts, The Incredibles, Crafty

Chicken Love - A Mixed Media Project

I bought these two large round canvasses a couple of months ago and I could hardly wait to get started on them. Then, quite unexpectedly, my life took a strange turn as the relief post I was teaching in became more fixed. I also had to move house and settle in the town I was now working in, rather than stay in the temporary accommodations I had been occupying. The canvasses took a back seat to all of this. However, things have finally calmed down enough for me to throw myself back into that…

How to draw: A Chicken Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Chicken, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals, Animales

How to draw: A Chicken

We have not drawn any birds yet, and I think it foul. Therefore, I shall start us off on a fowl! In today's blog, I will show you how to draw a chicken in a couple of easy steps. We want the chicken to be perceived as being white, so we will not need to add a lot of colour. This is the ideal drawing with which to introduce you to graphite bars. Graphite is the stuff that is put in grey pencils. However, it is also manufactured in bars, without the wooden casing. This makes it brilliant to…

A Pretty Talent Blog: How to draw: A Pig Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Moose Art, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals, Animales

How to draw: A Pig

In this second blog on learning to draw, I will show you how to draw a pig in a couple of easy steps. We will then use tinted charcoal to colour the pig. If you unfamiliar with tinted charcoal, you are in for a treat! We once again start on a sturdy sheet of blank paper, using a pencil to draw our initial drawing in. Start by drawing two large overlapping circles in the centre of your page. These will become the body of the pig. Draw a smaller circle for the head of the pig. Add an oval for…

Painting A Frazzled Ostrich In Acrylics Art Techniques, Animal Drawings, Acrylics, Coloring, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting

Painting A Frazzled Ostrich In Acrylics

I love ostriches. They are such whimsical birds, and I associate them with good times, as they seemed to be around on most of my fun holidays and tours. In today's project I show you how to paint a rather frazzled looking ostrich. We use lots of fun colours in this painting to make sure it does not take a moody undertone. The process is one of pure joy and relaxation. I used acrylics as medium in this painting. I start on a deep-frame canvas board for the surface that I paint on. I prepare…

How to draw: A Parasaurolophus Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Arts And Crafts, Christmas Ornaments, Holiday Decor, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting

How to draw: A Parasaurolophus

I recently went shopping at the famous art shop in Rosebank, Herbert Evans. They were having their annual sale, and a friend and I made an outing of it. When I arrived home with some newly purchased pens, I could hardly wait to put them to the test. My disappointment was great when I discovered that most of the pens I had bought were dry! Today's drawing of a Parasaurolophus was intended to be coloured in a great many shades, but I could simply not get the rest of the pens to work. The…

How to draw: A Spider Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Spider, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals

How to draw: A Spider

Today's drawing exercise is a little more interesting, as we will be working on black paper, which we have not done in this series, until now. We will be using a chalk pencil to draw with, and white pens to outline our drawing with. We will then cover most of this white when we use the water-soluble Aquatone we used in a previous blog, to colour the spider. However, this time we use the Aquatone dry! You will need black paper and a white chalk pencil. Start by drawing an oval with an…

How to draw: A Triceratops Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Moose Art, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals

How to draw: A Triceratops

Dinosaurs weren't as commonplace as they are today, when I grew up. I think for this reason, these giant creatures that once roamed the earth, still hold such fascination for me. Stephen Spielberg did nothing to squash this fascination either! In today's blog, I share the steps for drawing a Triceratops with you. We then use soft pastels to colour it. These can be slightly messy and tricky to work with, but I'll show you how to do so without too much hassle. You will need a sheet of paper…

How to draw: A Hippo Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Moose Art, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals

How to draw: A Hippo

This drawing series is turning out to be a whole lot of fun. I am rediscovering some of my lesser used mediums and learning why I enjoyed them so much in the first place. In today's blog, I show you how to draw a hippo step by step. We then use watercolours to paint the hippo in. However, our watercolours come in the shape of pencils. I use Derwent Aquatone pencils, but feel free to use any watercolours or watercolour pencils of your choice. You will need paper and a pencil to start your…

How to draw: A Grizzly Bear Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Lion Sculpture, Arts And Crafts, Bear, Statue, Pretty, Artist, Painting

How to draw: A Grizzly Bear

We have a lot of fun in today's blog when I show you how to draw this furry grizzly bear. After following the steps to draw the bear, I will use a very special type of pencil, manufactured by Derwent, called the Drawing pencils, to colour the bear with. These pencils have been specially developed to draw animals with and are an absolute treat to work with. However, if you can't lay your hands on these, feel free to use your own colouring pencils instead. You will need a sheet of paper and…

How to draw: A Stegosaurus Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals, Animales

How to draw: A Stegosaurus

I have a little boy in my life who adores his aunt, and the feeling is absolutely mutual. If it were not for him, I probably never would have drawn a dinosaur. However, as he is an integral part of my life, I find myself drawing dinosaurs more often I would have imagined possible. In today's blog, I show you step by step how to draw a dinosaur. Then I use normal colouring pencils to colour it - the kind you will find inside any child's school bag. You will not believe how easy it is to draw…

Painting A Heart-Shaped Horse In Acrylics Animal Drawings, Acrylics, Heart Shapes, Arts And Crafts, Horses, Artists, Creative, Pretty, Blog

Painting A Heart-Shaped Horse In Acrylics

I have temporarily moved house so that I can fill a relief teaching post. The problem was that I missed painting so much that I simply had to go out and purchase some products to fill the longing in my soul. My choice fell on acrylics as my desk would have to double as an art studio in the confined space of the room I was renting, and acrylics dry quickly enough so that I wouldn't be sitting with wet canvasses strewn all over the room.. In today's blog I share the first of the paintings I…

Acrylic Sheep on Decoupage Background Animal Drawings, Sheep, Decoupage, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals

Acrylic Sheep on Decoupage Background

A colleague was having a baby girl and we planned to throw her a baby shower. I wanted to give her something that I had made myself that fitted in with her colour scheme and theme, which was grey and sheep. It seemed a good idea to paint a grey sheep for the little lady's room as part of the decor. I decoupaged the background before painting the sheep in acrylics. I show you how to do this yourself in today's blog. I did this painting on a wooden boxed canvas. I painted the whole box with…

Art Journal: Uniquely Talented, like the Ostrich The Ostrich, Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Arts And Crafts, Journal, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting

Art Journal: Uniquely Talented, like the Ostrich

I love drawing and painting ostriches. They are such unique creatures, as they are all bird, yet no flight. I was pondering this idea today, when it occurred to me that I could do a page on this for my art journal. I share the simple steps for drawing the ostrich with you and then take a passage from the book of Job to reinforce the sentiments I had been toying with in my mind throughout the day. Start on black paper, with a white charcoal pencil. Mine was manufactured by Derwent. Draw the…

Art Journal: God's Promises of Rest & Peace Gods Promises, Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Arts And Crafts, Rest, Brooch, Peace, Journal, Illustrations

Art Journal: God's Promises of Rest & Peace

Last night, as I was praying, a picture of a dragonfly on a waterlily leaf came into my head. I felt an immense surge of peace as I became aware of the picture and knew that I could sit back and trust God to keep His word and promises in my life. Today, the image remained in my head and I decided to draw it. It became the next page in my art journal. I show you how to draw a dragonfly step by step in today's blog, before painting it in soft pastels and charcoal. You will need a white pencil…