Monthly Archives: January 2013

BBC Wildlife Artist Of The Year 2013 Entry – Work In Progress Pt.1

BBC Wildlife Sketch

For the past 2 years I’ve entered the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition and have been lucky enough to make it through to the finals each time (with my Golden Eagle in 2011 and my Grey Heron in 2012), receiving commendations from the judges.

This year, I’ve really thought about what was lacking in my previous two entries and tried my best to come up with something that would give me the best chance of finally bagging a win. I realised that there wasn’t much movement, drama or story in my previous entries so have tried to incorporate all three elements this year.

For my 2013 entry I’m going to be creating a collage of a Great Grey Owl and so far I’ve finalised my sketch/composition (see above) and have transferred the drawing to the art board ready to start collaging.

BBC Wildlife Collage

You’ll notice that at the last minute I decided to change the right wing of the owl to a more horizontal position rather than vertical. I thought this made for a better composition and also a more imposing figure as he bears down on his prey – I did keep the tilt of the body though to show how he silently corrects his position as he goes in for the kill.

The final collage measures a whopping 80 x 45cm (the largest piece I’ve ever worked on) and the deadline for entries is the 28th February, so I better get my skates on.

I’ll post more pics on the blog as the collage progresses.

Wolves Digital Painting Tutorial

About 3 years ago, before I settled on the traditional cut paper collage style of Illustration that I currently work in, I was still dabbling with digital painting in Adobe Photoshop.

I did love the immediacy of the digital medium and it’s forgiving qualities when I made a mistake (not so easy to correct snippets of paper that have been glued down).

Back in 2009 I was commissioned to produce a digital painting tutorial and although in a different medium, my subject matter has always been the same – wildlife of course!

As it’s been 3 years since I created the tutorial, I think I’m pretty safe to show it on here now. Hope you enjoy it and find it useful if you’re thinking of giving digital painting a try.

Here’s a pic of the final digital painting…


January 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

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Can’t quite believe it’s 2013 already – Happy New Year everyone, wishing you all much success and happiness in 2013.

It’s going to be an exciting year with my first children’s book released in February (featuring the howler monkey from this month’s desktop), our second child due in May, big plans for Jonathan Woodward Studio and another special project that has been brewing for a long time (watch out for more news on that soon).

Thanks again to everyone that emailed, commented, Facebook liked or tweeted kind words throughout 2012, they were all very much appreciated.

Happy New Year!