All About - Judith MacKay

Animal Artist

Pen and Tinted Charcoal

October 2016 found me once again at The Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent to spend the day learning to use pen and tinted charcoal to create a painting of the Snow Leopard.  Under Vic Bearcroft’s step by step guidance I was fascinated to see how a few simple strokes and a hint of colour could transform a drawing into a stunning image.

I have always loved using charcoal in its willow stick form but had not tried the tinted charcoal pencils until that day.  Combining them with a fine pen I was able to create soft illustrations that I can add to my repertoire for painting my beloved wildlife.

Like the graphite drawings you need a good quality heavy weight cartridge paper or even the hot pressed watercolour paper would be perfect.

This is the painting of a Red Squirrel I did as a Christmas present for my son James.