The latest Articles available for free to All Artists
For those of you who do not know, I also have a dedicated website for my Art Workshops & tutoring which include many articles available for Artists of all calibre found at www.stepbystepart.co.uk. I have recently created 4 new articles that can be viewed by clicking any of the 4 images below. These articles may be of interest to Coloured pencil Artists in particular, 1 may also be of interest to Graphite Artists or Watercolorists too. If you like working with a tonal paper, Ursus paper may be something that interests you, find out how tonal paper can help your work. Heard of the Derwent Coloursoft pencils but want to find out more about them, click on the image below to visit the article and if you have some Coloursoft pencils at home you can try out the Tonal Layering exercise with them although you can try out this tutorial regardless of which Coloured pencils you own, it is ideal for those just starting out with pencils. If you are looking for a smooth white paper for your Coloured or Graphite pencil Art, take a look at the Hot pressed Watercolor papers page - there is lots of information on various papers that may be more suited to your preferences.
New Articles coming soon to Step by Step Art
As I missed the Winter Newsletter in December due to Commission work, I am putting together 4 new articles that will be sent out at the beginning of May. These include a couple of articles on soft Pastels; About Unison Pastels and a Step by Step tutorial showing how to create a tonal sky suited to Pastel newbies. There are also 2 'Starting out with..' articles, the first 'Starting out with Oils' has been written by Welsh Artist Chris Chalk on the 3 most important things you need to start your new journey with Oils. The second is 'starting out with Coloured pencils' written by myself especially for those looking to begin with the pencils. Why not sign up to our Newsletter and receive the latest information about these articles as soon as they become available. Find out more about SUBSCRIBING to the Step by Step Art Newsletter.
Please Note: These 4 articles are not yet available to view but will be linked up once they are.
1 Day Art Workshops in Chesterfield, Derbyshire
My 1 Day Workshops will be starting in May and I currently have 4 Workshops with spaces still available to book for anyone interested in coming along. If you are looking to learn how to create detailed Art in Coloured Pencils, Graphite pencils or acrylic paints, my Workshops are designed around regular Demonstrations and 1 to 1 help where needed and you also receive a booklet with Step by Step instructions and images which will help you through the day to ensure you know where to start your portrait and what colours/grades to use for best effect. Workshops are kept to small numbers (upto 10) to ensure everyone gets the help and support needed throughout the day. Prices start from £42.00 per person and Art Kits can be loaned or purchased with prices starting form just £5.00 Extra.
Click on any of the images above to visit the page of interest or find out more about my 1 Day Workshops by clicking the link below.
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Karen M Berisford
Murphie - Large Traditional Heart Memorial portrait
Murphie sadly passed away in December 2015 aged 20 years of age and her Mum was looking for something special as a memorial to Murphie and came across my Traditional Hearts portraits and got in touch. It is always a real challenge when it comes to black & white animals as you tend to find that a lot of definition is lost in photos as it is very difficult to strike a balance of these colours whilst still retaining detail however, through various layering of
paint colours including grey and brown tones added to the black fur and with greys added to the white fur I was able to create an equal balance of colour and detail to ensure perspectives were kept in check and the final portrait was as close a likeness to Murphie's photo as possible. Feedback from Murphie's Mum upon receipt told me that I had done a good job!
Bailey - 10" x 12" Coloured pencil pet portrait
Bailey is the second portrait completed in Coloured pencils for his Mum after heartbreakingly losing both Bailey and Casey (the first portrait) in close succession of each other and was gifted both portraits by a good friend. Bailey was originally sat on a green stripey rug but I thought it would suit the portraits if they were both sat on the same wooden
flooring so that they would compliment each other once framed and hung next to each other.
" Bailey just arrived! Well, about 15 minutes of tape removal ago. We are so chuffed! Bailey was loved by all of us, but loves my husband best, he was over the moon! We are blessed by your talent!
Obe - 11" x 14" Boxer Dog Acrylic painting
I was asked to create an Acrylic painting of Obie the Boxer dog as a surprise gift to a lady in the USA. The reference photo was a beautiful pose and of great quality and I was able to gather lots of detail from the reference image to create this special memorial painting of Obe.
All my Acrylic paintings are created using a mixture of professional paint colours and mediums which offer texture to the painting. The background texture was created using a palette knife and texture was limited on Obie himself except for a light layering of fur texture. Nearly 40 Facebook friends clubbed together to book this surprise portrait of Obe and it was lovely to hear how happy the recipient was upon receiving such a thoughtful gift from great friends!
It has been rather quiet on both my Social media & News blog with Art progress posts however I have been quietly busy with both pencils and paints recently and thought I would finally share updates so far.
I have been working on a double portrait of my friend and her little girl (not so little now though) for both their up and coming birthdays in May & June. The skin tones have been layered with still a little more to do to add the realism and the hair has had a heavy layer of brown undertones on to allow me to apply the finer hairs and lighter shades over the top. The stripey top is still in the loose stages but I am hoping to get this painting finished by the weekend. Both the Springer Spaniel painting & the Boxer dog are nearing completion but as these are not commissions, these will be left alone for a few weeks.
Coloured Pencil portraits
I currently have a couple of Coloured pencil Commissions on the Easel. An Airedale/Paterdale cross called Dave and a Jack Russell/Pug cross called Bailey. They are both still in the rough underlayers stage and the fine detail will be applied once the working area has been covered with the pencil base layers. I am applying a light application of tonal background to Dave's portrait before I can begin to apply heavy applications and layers over the top which will define him in both colour and detail.
If you wish to view more of my pencil works, you can find more in the COLOURED PENCIL GALLERY
Throughout the year I run 1 day Art Workshops in my old home town of Chesterfield, Derbyshire (UK) and here is the latest news on my up and coming Coloured pencil Workshop which will be run on Saturday the 28th of May starting at 10am until 3:30pm. I work using a layering process for all my Coloured pencil Art to create high detail and realism and it is this technique that I tutor at my Workshops. Each Workshop includes a personal worksheet coupled with regular Step by Step demonstrations and 1 to 1 help for anyone who needs it so you are never left to struggle. Each Workshop attendee is provided with a colour chart if you wish to work with your own products or you can loan a Kit for the day for an extra £5.00 or buy your own home kit for an extra £10.00.
Using the Workshop Coloured pencils of choice, I trialled out this Red Squirrel subject to show you how my technique helps to create fine and realistic detail. This subject was chosen to allow me to tutor how to create realistic fur and how to create tonal backgrounds.
There are only 10 places available for this Workshop and this will be the only Art Workshop I will be tutoring this year due to other work commitments and holidays, so if you wish to attend please get in touch or you book via the Step by Step Art website using the link below:
Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding this Workshop or you can 'like' this post using the Facebook icon below to share with friends, 'Tweet' on your Twitter page or leave me a comment below. Please feel free to share with anyone who you think may be interested in attending this Workshop too!
Below are the Christmas commissions that were all completed and received as gifts for the special day - if you wish to see how they came together, please click on any of the images. If you are thinking of booking your own Commission with me and wish to know more, you can visit my COMMISSIONS page which explains the very simple process.
Printed copy $5.99 £3.87* Delivery (1 - 2 weeks) £2.96*
Art Tutoring Website Update
I began my own Art Group in 2011 when I lived in Chesterfield and my website www.chesterfieldartsgroup.co.uk was created simply as an advertising tool for this Art Group - over the last few years, as my tutoring has adapted, the website also needed to keep up with these changes and the website was renamed www.stepbystepart.co.uk in keeping with the way that I tutor at my Workshops. I recreated my website to offer help and advice to Artists from all walks of life whether an Amateur or professional - why not take a look.....
Chesterfield 1 Day Art Workshops
There are now a couple of Chesterfield Workshops planned for 2015. There is a Coloured pencil Workshop on May the 9th where we will be completing a highly detailed portrait of a Shetland Sheepdog. Prices start from £42.00 and as always there are only a few spaces available so if you are looking to attend, please get in touch as soon as possible. Click the link to view Workshops available or BOOK HERE
Information available for other Artists
My Workshops website has now been adapted to offer a universal website for Artists all over the world who can access information on a variety of Art. I have always enjoyed sharing my own Artistic knowledge on a wide range of things from how to produce a pencil portrait to product recommendations that I have tried & tested myself. I hope to bring on board other Artists knowledge too, offering further Articles not just based on mediums I work with myself which limits the market considerably but Articles from Artists working on other mediums that I could learn a lot from myself.
Karen M Berisford
1 Day Art Workshops
1 Day Art Workshops
Acrylic Art On Gessobord
Acrylic Paint Article
Acrylic Pet Painter
Acrylic Pet Portraits
Amethyst Sunbird In Acrylics
Amur Leopard Giclee Print
Articles For Artists
Art Workshops In Chesterfield
Art Workshops In Northumberland
Baby Boxer Dog Painting
Barn Owl Photography
Bearded Collie Pet Portrait
Bespoke Art Commissions
Big Cat Art
Big Cat Artwork
Big Cat Giclee Prints
Big Cat Paintings
Big Cats In Coloured Pencils
Bird Art In Acrylics
Bird Art In Coloured Pencils
Bird Of Prey Experience
Black Labrador Art
Black Labrador Painting
Black & White Shorthaired Cat In Acrylic Paints
Border Collie Art
Boxer Dog Pet Art
Boxer Dog Pet Artist
Boxer Dog Pup
Boxer Dog Puppy
Boxer Dog Show
Brindle Boxer Dog
Brown Labrador Art
Caran Dache Luminance Pencils
Chesterfield Art Workshops
Chesterfield Pet Artist
Chocolate Labrador In Coloured Pencils
Chocolate Labrador Pet Portraiture
Colored Pencil Magazine
Coloured Pencil Art
Coloured Pencil Article
Coloured Pencil Artist
Coloured Pencils Artwork
Coloured Pencils UK Art Workshops
Dachshund Acrylic Painting
David Beckham Pencil Portrait
Derbyshire Pet Artist
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils Article
Derwent Graphic Pencils
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Detailed Art Commissions
Dog Portraits In Acrylics
Dog Portraits In Coloured Pencils
Dog Show Judging
Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
Fawn Boxer Dog
Frames For Acrylic Paintings
Framing Service Bespoke Portraits
Framing Service - Bespoke Portraits
French Bulldog In Coloured Pencils
German Shorthaired Pointer
GOLDEN Acrylics Molding Paste
GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylics
GOLDEN Heavy Gel Medium
Graphite Art Workshop In Derbyshire
Graphite Pencil Article
Graphite Pencil Art Workshops
Graphite Pencil Workshop UK
Green Haired Forest Nymph
Hibiscus Flower Painting
Jack Russell In Coloured Pencils
Jack Russell Pet Portrait
Jaguar In Acrylics
Japanese Akita Acrylic Painting
Karen M Berisford Art Workshops
Karen M Berisford Framing Service
Legion Stonehenge Paper
Lemur In Graphite Art Workshop
Long Eared Owl
Long Haired Dachshund Art
Long Haired Daschund Painting
Newbiggin By The Sea Art Workshops
Newbiggin Coloured Pencil Art Workshops
Northern Inuit Art Workshop
Northumberland Pet Artist
Nottingham Dog Show
Notts & Yorkshire Boxer Rescue
Padley Gorge In Autumn
Pet Portrait Competition 2012
Pomeranian Dog Portrait
Red Squirrel Art Workshop
Ring Tailed Lemur Art Workshop
Ring Tailed Lemur In Graphite Pencils
Skies Tutorial With Soft Pastels
Snow Leopard Art Workshop
Snow Leopard Eye Tutorial
South African Bird Art
Springer Spaniel Art
Springer Spaniel In Acrylics
Springer Spaniel Painting
Starting Out With Coloured Pencils
Starting Out With Oil Paints
Step By Step Art
Step By Step Art Tutorial
Step By Step Art Tutorials
Sumatran Tiger Giclee Print
Tonal Layering With Coloured Pencils
Uk Art Workshops
Unison Pastels Article
Ursus Paper Article
West Highland Terrier
White Boxer Dog
White Boxer Pup
White Faced Cockatiel In Acrylics
WHsmith Coloured Pencils
Wynyard Hall In Graphite Pencils
Yellow Labrador Art
Yellow Labrador Painting