Featured Artist Jennifer Hawkyard

With nature as her inspiration, artist Jennifer Hawkyard creates colorful drawings and digital images. Enjoy her portfolio and see more of her work by visiting her website.

 

"Windrunners" 24” x 17” Digital Art, Procreate & Photoshop by artist Jennifer Hawkyard. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Windrunners” Digital Art, Procreate and Photoshop, 24” x 17”

 

After growing up in Northern England, I decided to study Graphic Design abroad in Canada to pursue an interest in the arts as well as travel. It was a practical choice, as at the time I felt I couldn’t make a living on my artwork alone.

 

"Winter King" Digital Art, Photoshop, 22” x 28” by artist Jennifer Hawkyard. See her portfolio at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Winter King” Digital Art, Photoshop, 22” x 28”

 

I lived there for 11 years working professionally as a graphic designer and art director before finally making the leap and returning to England to pursue my career in fine art full time. I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, and my work spans a broad range of media and subject matter.

 

"Stag Totem" Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 12” by artist Jennifer Hawkyard. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Stag Totem” Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 12” Commissioned by R.Culturi

 

I’m drawn towards natural forms, bright colours and whimsical or mythical characters. Nature is my biggest inspiration and I try and spend as much time as possible outdoors where I can catch ideas on the wind.

 

"Badger Totem" Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 18” by artist Jennifer Hawkyard. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Badger Totem” Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 18”

 

My latest ongoing project, The Totem Project, has been a great way to explore the natural world and the creatures and critters that live with us on earth. I love capturing the essence of the animal whilst also working with unusual colours and textures on the black background.

 

"Dolphin Totem" Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 18” by artist Jennifer Hawkyard. See her feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dolphin Totem” Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 18”

 

These pieces are created with coloured pencil, layering colours down on each other and playing with textures and pattern before finishing with metallic acrylics to add an extra level of sparkle and dimension. This makes for a unique experience that has an almost fabric or tapestry like quality. I particularly enjoy working with people to create a unique interpretation of their Spirit Animal or Animal Totem.

 

"Bee Totem" Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 18” by Jennifer Hawkyard. See her artist feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Bee Totem” Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 18”

 

I also hope that my work has an important message to convey that we are not the only inhabitants of this planet and there are many stunning creatures that need our protection and guardianship.

 

"Hare Totem" Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 18” by artist Jennifer Hawkyard. See her feature at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Hare Totem” Coloured Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Paper, 12” x 18”

 

In addition to exploring the traditional mediums, I also enjoy working in the digital medium where experimentation and happenstance plays a large part of my creative process. Over time, I hope to create a children’s book filled with vivid and bright imagery that may inspire other children to pick up a pencil and draw.

 

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