Catherine Scartaccini

Want an illustrated portrait of your pet 🐢🐺? DM me for details. Prints and originals πŸ–Ό available from my website. Gallery open Fri-Sun 9-6 🎨

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The wrinkles on the trunk are more satisfying to draw somehow than the ones I did previously on the leg and belly. I think it's because they're deeper and thicker ...

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The ear on this side is also in shadow; not as dark as between the legs, though, as some details are still visible. Though it's always wise to build up layers slowly going from light to dark, I can get away with quickly establishing a dark base layer at an early stage here, since this ear has such a narrow tonal range.

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Blocking out all the shapes and colours on this elephant's face now. It's not that he has discoloured skin; elephants love to get wet and cover themselves with mud, in part to keep themselves cool in the baking sun. Dried mud and dust can add a bunch of interesting colours to the otherwise grey skin 🎨

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There are some really deep shadows and high contrast areas in this elephant, probably most noticeably here in the leg and foot. Not only do the shadows create interest, but they also give a sense of the three-dimensional shape of the leg and are important in making the elephant look lifelike.

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The face of the elephant is so busy with tiny details, I'm flicking back and forth between it and other parts of the body so I don't get too lost in it all. 😜

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Making a start on all those baggy wrinkles. They're more fun than I thought! 😁

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The ear is probably the smoothest part of the elephant, but that doesn't make it boring! There are so many shades of browns and greys here, and they are important for creating the contours and shape of the ear.

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Time to fulfil another frequent request! Those tusks, trunk, and all those little wrinkles ... it's going to be quite something πŸ˜‰

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Clover the dwarf Γ— lionhead is all finished! As my first rabbit she was a wonderful introduction to drawing these adorable little creatures. I can't wait till I can draw another! 😁 Congratulations again to @x_mochii.art who won Clover's portrait from my 5k giveaway 😊

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The Ulysses butterfly is a species of swallowtail butterfly, so-called because their forked wings resembles the forked tails of swallows. This brilliant blue species, along with the blue morpho and other similarly coloured butterflies, owe the shimmering iridescence of their wings to a phenomenon known as structural colouration. This is when an animal's perceived colour is created by light interacting with special microscopic structures in their body covering, rather than pigments such as melanin.
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The term 'African lion' is used to refer to any of the subspecies inhabiting Africa. However, lions today may also be found in Asia, specifically India. Historically, lions were once found across the majority of Africa, and their range extended even up into Mediterranean Europe and across into Asia. These days, the species as a whole is listed as Vulnerable due to disease and human interference, but specific populations (subspecies) may be even more so at risk.
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We have a winner! 😁 Congratulations @x_mochii.art πŸŽ‰
Thank you everyone for entering! You've all been awesome, I loved seeing everyone's pets. So here's a special offer for you guys: if you entered the competition and didn't win, you get 30% off for pet portraits! Send me a DM for more details. πŸ˜‰

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The quokka is also known as the world's happiest animal, and with a face like that it's easy to see why! These charming marsupials have attained a fair degree of fame through the 'quokka selfie' craze, where they flash their smiles alongside tourists and locals alike.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
Get 10% off all smiling quokka artwork for one week only (until September 24th)! Find my shop at the link in the bio, and use the code "JKPYNB" at the checkout ☺

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The appearance of fairywrens varies wildly depending on the time of year and the sex of the bird. Splendid fairywren males adopt brilliantly coloured plumage during the breeding season, while non-breeding males and females are a beigey-brown with bluish wings and tail.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance on 8x10" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.

Get 10% off all splendid fairywren trio artwork for one week only (until September 19th)! Find my shop at the link in the bio, and use the code "SplendidTrio" at the checkout ☺

Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.

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The light green budgerigar is the standard 'wild type' colour of budgerigars found in the wild in Australia. However, unlike this 'spangle' mutation, they have distinct scallops on their back and wings, dark markings on their faces, and vividly coloured tails. Even when the base colour doesn't change, there is a variety of different mutations that can make a domestic budgie appear different to its wild cousins.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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The green sea turtle derives its common name not from its shell or scales, which are both black, olive, and/or brown in colouration; indeed, one of its other names is the black sea turtle. It comes instead from the unique greenish tinge of its fat!
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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The thylacine is also known as the Tasmanian tiger, due to its stripes, or Tasmanian wolf. However unlike both its namesakes it was a marsupial - a mammal with a pouch in which to bear its young. Until recently it was the largest carnivorous marsupial species, but it sadly became extinct in 1936 due to a combination of bounty hunting, the introduction of dogs, and human encroachment into its habitat.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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Georgie the English Staffy was a fun new experience for me as she is the first predominantly white dog I've been commissioned to draw. I'm really happy with how she turned out given that this was my first dabble with toned paper 😊 thank you @allym87 for giving me the opportunity to draw this gorgeous girl!
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Canson Mi Teintes 160gsm pastel paper in Honeysuckle.

If you would like to commission a portrait of your own furry friend, contact me via the link in the bio 😊

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The Arabian horse is one of the most well-recognised breeds, renowned for its refined appearance and graceful movement. Valued by the Bedouin as a war mount, they were bred for speed, endurance, and spirit.
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Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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The monarch butterfly uses its dramatic colouring to warn predators that it makes for foul-tasting prey. Other species of butterflies, such as the viceroy, have a very similar appearance. This biological phenomenon is known as mimicry, and is an adaptation by prey species to better avoid being eaten by predators. In Batesian mimicry, palatable species mimic the appearance of a toxic species, thereby fooling predators. In MΓΌllerian mimicry (such as the case of the monarch and the viceroy), multiple toxic species resemble each other and predators know to avoid them all due to their similar appearance.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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For prints, the original, and more, check out the link in my bio! 😊

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The state floral emblem of New South Wales is the appropriately named New South Wales Waratah. Its rich red flowers are visited by Australia's cutest pollinator, the eastern pygmy possum 😊
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Reference photo by Wendy Sinclair.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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Did you know that in budgerigar breeding and showing, Pantone colour codes are used to help keep the different colour types to a strict standard? The chests and stomachs of violet budgies should appear as the Pantone colour 2727!
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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The platypus is undoubtedly Australia's strangest animal. It's duck-like beak and webbed feet seem mismatched to the rest of the creature's beaver-like body, and it lays leathery eggs despite being a mammal. Males even have a venomous spur on their hindlegs!
Reference photo used with generous permission from Ray and Sue Travel Photography.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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Find the original, prints, and more at the link in my bio! 😊

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The brushtail possum is one of the most familiar possum species in Australia, as it is comfortable in built-up areas and can be found suburban parks and backyards. It comes in a large variety of coat colours including silvery grey, black, and red. Like most possums, it is nocturnal.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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For prints, the original, and more, check out the link in my bio! 😊

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Today I had the pleasure of presenting Mocha's portrait to @muddeye and @glorialoraerak ! I'm happy to say they loved it 😊
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If you are interested in commissioning a pet portrait, check out the link in my bio or feel free to DM me about the details!

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The sulphur crested cockatoo is naturally found along the north and east coast of Australia including Tasmania, but has also been introduced into Western Australia around Perth. It is a popular pet species in aviculture, though it's long lifespan and intelligence requires a devoted owner.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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Check out the link in my bio for the original, prints, and more! 😊

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Mocha the handsome staffy x kelpie is complete! He was my first commissioned 8x10 full body portrait and I had a great time doing him. Thank you @muddeye and @glorialoraerak - I hope you like him! 😁

If you're interested in getting a portrait of your pooch (or any other pet) commissioned, DM me or check out the link in my bio! 😊

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The cobalt budgerigar is only one of several types of blue budgerigar, with beautifully rich azure plumage.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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Find the original, prints and more at the link in my bio! 😊

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The ancestors of the modern Friesian horse were the mighty warhorses of Europe. Over time, the breed developed into a light draught horse suitable for farm work and also as a trotter. Today, the Friesian is a versatile breed renowned for its glossy black coat, thick (usually curly) mane and tail, and free flowing movement.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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Find the original, prints, and more at the link in my bio! 😊

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The cabbage white butterfly is a common sight in many parts of the world, but as its name suggests, the caterpillars of this delicate little beauty is something of a pest to cabbages. This is true here too in Australia where, to add insult to injury, it is yet another introduced species.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
Special thanks to Patreon benefactor: Sara King.
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Find the original, prints, and more goodies at the link in my bio! 😊

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