Catherine Scartaccini

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I'm often asked how I get fine detail given how small my drawings are. The answer is simple, but important - I keep my pencil very, very sharp!

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Brown animals may seem boring on the surface, but this guy has around 5 different tones of brown in his plumage. This orangey Burnt Sienna is one of my favourites 😊 once you start to notice the gradients between red- and yellow- based browns, they're quite fun to work with!

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The warm and cold grey I Polychromos look so light as to be almost colourless - until I want to use them to distinguish white feathers against white paper! These soft shades of grey are perfect for making the silhouette of a white subject or area distinct.

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Sooooo excited to be finally doing a 'typical' bird of prey! (I know owls count as birds of prey, but they're kind of in a special category of their own, at least to me πŸ˜›) This little falcon is a common sight around Western Australia; who can guess the species?

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The red-tailed black cockatoo is also known as the Banksian or Banks' black cockatoo, named after botanist Joseph Banks. Males and females can be easily told apart by their plumage, at least up close. Females have orangey, barred tails and a galaxy of pale flecks on their body and wings. Males are solid black with solid red tail patches. However, from a distance and with their tails closed, they may look very similar.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5Γ—7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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This piece was done as one of a series that I have been commissioned to do by a collector of taxidermied birds. He has very kindly given me permission to sell prints and other products featuring these works. Head over to the link in my bio to get them for yourself! 😁

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Here's a bit more of a close-up of those tail feathers. You can see on the ones on the right where I've dotted in where the black stripes are going to go over the orange. I definitely wouldn't be able to do this the other way around (i.e. light over dark/orange over black)! That's one of the 'downsides' of coloured pencil compared to oils or acrylic paint. But I've worked in this medium for so long, I'm used to it; and most importantly it doesn't make the finished result any less good. πŸ‘Œ

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Time to start that tail! There are two ways of doing it, and I've of course opted for the slightly lazier, slightly riskier option πŸ˜… I could have just put the orange in where it's needed and left the paper that will be the black stripes blank, but it's so small I've just gone through the whole area with orange first. It's not all bad; doing it this way means I can more easily get the different tones in the orange part of the tail and fade really nicely. The Polychromos black and dark sepia will go over that no problem later on anyway, and it's not a particularly complicated pattern to freehand in without guidelines.

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I don't know what it is about dark colours, but I always forget how to layer the browns and blues to get this effect πŸ™„ most of this wing took much longer than necessary while I figured out which order to put the colours and blenders to make it look right πŸ˜…

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I chickened out of doing the wing so I went for the chest instead πŸ™ˆ as long as I just keep going it's all good!

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The dusting of pale freckles on the female's feathers are pretty, but I have to work for them. First I draw them in with a cream-yellow Luminance pencil before going around them with my darker colours. Since my paper is off-white, they're not particularly easy to see, and I have to be careful not to go over them in black or brown because once they're dirty they don't come back πŸ™ƒ After that, I can tint them to be more yellow with Polychromos as you can see in the photo.

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Black cockatoos have such big beaks πŸ˜› they're full of texture and colours, which makes them great fun to draw 😁

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The spotted nightjar is a nocturnal bird that can be found almost anywhere in Australia. It belongs to the same order as the larger and more commonly known tawny frogmouth. It is a typical nightjar in it's appearance, having cryptically coloured plumage for camouflage; a short, wide beak; and long, pointed wings. These latter two attributes are shared with two other unrelated groups of birds: the swallows and swifts. All three groups have these adaptations for hunting insects on the wing. This is an example of convergent evolution, where unrelated species have a similar appearance as a result of the same selective pressures, and not through inheritance from a common ancestor.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5Γ—7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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This piece was done as one of a series that I have been commissioned to do by a collector of taxidermied birds. He has very kindly given me permission to sell prints and other products featuring these works. Head over to the link in my bio to get them for yourself! 😁

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The common barn owl can be found across the globe, including Australia. It is the most well-known member of the family Tytonidae, one of the two groups of owls (with the other being the 'typical owls' of the family Strigidae). Tytonidae is also referred to as the 'barn owls' in reference to this prevalent species. They are all easily recognisable by their prominent facial disc.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5Γ—7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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This piece was done as one of a series that I have been commissioned to do by a collector of taxidermied birds. He has very kindly given me permission to sell prints and other products featuring these works. Head over to the link in my bio to get them for yourself! 😁

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The rainbow bee eater is Australia's only native species of bee eater, aptly named for the varied and brilliant colours in their plumage. Some populations migrate across the country to breed, descending south in the summer in order to nest. Like all other bee eaters, they dig burrows in which to nest. Come winter they migrate back north, going as far as New Guinea and the southern islands of Indonesia. Others remain in the northern parts of Australia year-round, and breed in the rainy season.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 8Γ—10" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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Check out the link in my bio for the original, prints, and more! πŸ˜„

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Welcome swallows are native to Australia and have recently self-introduced (i.e without human intervention) into New Zealand. Like all swallows, they have distinctively forked tails and long wings which allow for incredible speed and agility in flight. This gives them an edge while hunting for insects on the wing.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 8Γ—10" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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Check out the link in my bio for the original, prints, and more! 😊

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The splendid fairywren, along with some other species of fairywren, is notable among birds for its cheeky reproductive behaviour. Their social structure is termed 'socially monogamous, sexually promiscuous', which means that though they form monogamous pairs (like married couples), both the male and female will actively mate with others outside their pair bond.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5Γ—7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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Check out the link in my bio for the original, prints, and more!

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@x_mochii.art was kind enough to send me a photo of her gorgeous bunny Clover posed alongside her portrait! I'm so glad it arrived safely πŸ˜„

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The bird family Petroicidae is commonly known as the Australasian robins. However, they are not closely related to either their namesake the European robin, or the American robin. Some species, particularly those in the genera Petroica and Eopsaltria, exhibit sexual dimorphism wherein the brightly coloured males appear vastly different to the dull coloured females. Two Petroica species are the Red-capped (bottom left) and Pink (middle right) robins, while the Eastern yellow robin (top left) belongs to Eopsaltria.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 8x10" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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Check out the link in my bio for the original, prints, and more!

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The African elephant is easily the most impressive animal to roam the savannah. Unfortunately, this makes it a prized target for game hunters and poachers. The hunting of elephants for the ivory in their tusks has had such a large impact that there has been an observable decrease in mean tusk size compared to Victorian times, and in some populations male elephants without any tusks at all are becoming more common.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance on 8Γ—10" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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Visit the link in my bio to find the original, prints, and more! 😊

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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.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 5x7" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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Visit the link in my bio for the original, prints, and more! 😊

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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.
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Drawing, and Caran D'ache Luminance coloured pencils on 8x10" Arches 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
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Visit the link in my bio for prints, the original, and more! 😁

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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.
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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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Visit the link in my bio for the original, prints, and more! 😊

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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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Visit the link in my bio for the original, prints, and more! 😊

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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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Visit the link in my bio for the original, prints, and more! 😊

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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.
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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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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