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COLLIN BOGLE ‘DIFFERENT STROKES’ Interview by Inga Yandell


Delicate strokes that define a flower or add detail to fur, repute the patience and skill of a master artist. Discovering the creative expression possible through one’s brush is an exploration in observation, art and nature for therein lies the most fascinating subjects. Many aspects contribute to capturing a creatures characteristics and different strokes are required to complete the picture.


Revealing some of the artists secrets learned over 15 years is internationally acclaimed artist Collin Bogle who’s strikingly realistic wildlife and floral images leverage several mediums including, pastels, colored pencils, watercolor and acrylics demonstrating great flexibility and technical versatility to create photographic-like representations of nature.


Where does the process of creation begin?


I get inspired and come up with ideas by taking in what I see either with outdoor photography or looking through thousands of pictures and paintings. Once I have an idea and photo references I'll play around with concepts by cutting and pasting in photoshop. What do you look for in a subject and how important is the surrounding environment?


I like painting animals up close with good expression often surrounding them in their natural environment. Light is an important part of my subjects and can often make an ordinary scene look spectacular. Can you describe the various technical challenges different subjects present? It can be challenging painting the hair on my animal portraits. This takes a lot of time and patience. Do various mediums interplay and how are they best utilized?


After and initial sketch, I fill in the basic tones airbrushing watercolors then build up from dark to light with colored-pencil and water-based pastel. The airbrushed watercolors serve as a dark foundation for the pencil and pastel. The color pencils work great in the darker areas and water-based pastels in the lighter areas and highlights. I can also mix water with the water-based pastels to paint in sharp bright details such as whiskers. Sometimes I'll drag soft pastels across highlight to achieve the ultimate bright light.


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