Wildlife & Nature Art

Original wildlife and nature drawings and paintings by Frances Whitman

Frances is well known for capturing the intricate detail, essence and beauty of animals in her stunning wildlife art, especially the realism she achieves in the eyes ‘the windows of the soul’. Self-taught and predominantly working with coloured pencil, she draws layer upon layer to achieve the high level of detail and depth in her wildlife art, bringing her animal drawings almost to life. Frances’ wildlife art depicts animals from around the world in a style which is highly realistic and representational. Frances has won several awards for her wildlife artwork and is a regular Artist in Residence at Nature in Art, the museum and art gallery dedicated exclusively to art inspired by nature, at Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester, England.

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'Lulu'

Medium: Pencil and Pastel
Dimensions: 54cms x 44cms Framed
Image Size 39cms x 29cms
Price: £425.00

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A gorgeous drawing capturing the beauty of ‘Lulu’, a stunning Bengal Eagle Owl that was rescued and is looked after by ‘Walks With Hawks’ based in Gloucestershire. My husband took some wonderful photographs of Lulu at Nature in Art which I used for my reference. This original picture was drawn using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and pastels were used to create the vivid background to capture the colour of Lulu’s eyes.

'Three Wise Kings'

Medium: Pencil and Pastel
Dimensions: 100cms x 80cms Framed
Image Size 73cms x 50cms

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A striking portrait of three lions set against a soft pastel background. This original drawing in Faber-Castell pencils, was inspired by the video of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen showing the band members with their splendid manes of hair! Its surprising where your inspiration comes from.

'Revealed'

Medium: Acrylic and Faux Copper Leaf on Board
Dimensions: 72cms x 56cms Framed
Image Size: 57cms x 44cms
Price: £495.00

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My aim was to create a painting with its own light source, to bring this tiger to life as it walks through the water into the night, revealed by moonlight.

Creating a dark background with red and black acrylics, then using a faux copper leaf for the tiger gives this painting an oriental feel.

'Atlantic Sunset'

Medium: Acrylic/oil pastel and 24 carat gold leaf on canvas
Dimensions: 120cms x 100cms

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This painting was inspired by a holiday in Brittan. Painted using acrylics and oil pastel and 24 carat gold leaf to embolden the reflection on the sea.

'Zig'

Medium: Acrylic and Faux Silver Leaf on Board
Dimensions: 76cms x 61cms Framed
Image Size 56cms x 41cms
Price: £495.00

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I had great fun using faux silver leaf and bright turquoise acrylic paint over a purple background with splashes of silver to bring a contemporary feel to this portrait of a Zebra.

 

'Zag'

Medium: Acrylic and Faux Silver Leaf on Board
Dimensions: 76cms x 61cms Framed
Image Size 56cms x 41cms
Price: £495.00

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Having had such fun painting 'Zig', I decided to create a near mirror image again using faux silver leaf and purple acrylic paint over a purple background with splashes of silver creating a vibrant pair of Zebra paintings.

 

'On Guard'

Medium: Pencil and Pastel
Dimensions: 80cms x 57cms Framed
Image Size 60cms x 40cms
Price: £495.00

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A beautiful portrait of an Amur leopard, using reference from photos taken at Marwell Zoo, drawn using Faber-Castell pencils on paper.

'All Heart'

Medium: Acrylic and Faux Gold Leaf on Canvas
Dimensions: 120cms x 40cms
Price: £495.00

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A contemporary painting of elephants. I chose to show the fun loving side of elephants by creating this painting, and also to express the love we have as humans for elephants who hold a special place in our hearts. This original was painted using acrylics and faux gold leaf.

'Stragglers'

Medium: Water Soluble Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 150cms x 100cms
Price: £3,950.00

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A stunning large (60 inches x 40 inch) oil painting showing a train of elephants walking towards the viewer with a mother and baby elephant straggling behind. This original painting was painted using water soluble oils onto canvas and took 3 months to complete. Step by step progress of the painting can be viewed on my blog posts. The photograph was taken by a friend on safari who kindly allowed me use of her photographs as reference.

'Babysititng'

Medium: Pencil and Pastel
Dimensions: Framed Size: 84cms x 45cms 
Image Size: 68cms x 30cms
Price: £495.00

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A beautiful drawing capturing a mother duck and her 14 ducklings swimming in water. I watched as this duck, who was nesting quite high up in one of our trees, was encouraging her babies to jump down to her so that she could lead them to a nearby lake. I was just in the right place at the right time to take photographs of this precious moment. This original picture was drawn using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and pastels were used to create the water and the ripples.

'The Lookout'

Medium: Pencil and Pastel
Dimensions: 70cms x 50cms
Framed Size 75cms x 60cms

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A detailed drawing of a leopard in a tree. This original was drawn using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils.

'Into The Light'

Medium: Acrylic and Faux Gold Leaf on Canvas
Dimensions: 120cms x 40cms
Price: £495.00

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A contemporary painting of an owl in flight.
I chose to use vibrant colours for the background of the owl, with the wings slightly blurred to give a sense of movement through the air.

'Hypnotized'

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A striking portrait of a tiger, photographed by a friend at Howletts Zoo, who kindly let me use his photogragh for my reference. Drawn using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils on paper.  

'Anticipation'

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A stunning portrait of a tiger in water, this original picture was drawn using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, pastels were used to create the water. The tiger was photographed at Marwell zoo in the UK by a friend who kindly let me use his photograph. His wife bought the original for him as a surprise!

'Portrait of a Leopard'

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A beautiful portrait of a leopard, this original picture was drawn using watercolour pencils and pastels

'Majestic Gold'

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A luminescent portrait of a majestic lion set against a gold leaf background. Faux gold leaf was applied to the canvas as a background, acrylics were used to paint the portrait of the lion, using similar techniques to the icon painters of the past.

'Elusive Beauty'

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A captivating portrait of a snow leopard nestled in rocks, this original picture was drawn using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, pastels were used to create the rocks. The snow leopard was photographed at a zoo in the UK by a friend who kindly let me use his photograph.

'The Otters'

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A gorgeous drawing capturing two beautiful otters. The original picture was drawn using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils on pastel paper.

'Intense'

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Catpuring the intensity of the tiger's eyes, this original was drawn using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils.

'On The Alert'

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A lovely drawing capturing the alertness of the otter standing on the banks of  a river. This original picture was drawn using watercolour pencils and pastels were used to create the rocks and the water.

'Cub Scout'

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A lovely drawing capturing the innocence of this tiger cub exploring its surroundings. This original picture was drawn using Faber-Castell watercolour pencils.
'Symbiosis' a drawing of a buffalo by artist Frances Whitman

'Symbiosis'

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A moody drawing of a buffalo caked in mud, with oxpeckers doing their job of eating the insects, perched on top. Reference from Frances' safari photos. This original was drawn using Faber-Castell pastel pencils and pastels.

'Patience'

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A gorgeous drawing capturing the playfulness and the patience of the mother tiger with her young tiger cub. These two beautiful tigers were photographed at the Parc de Felin in France which I used for my reference. This original picture was drawn using Faber-Castell pitt pastel pencils on velour paper.

'Young Fox'

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A gorgeous drawing capturing the beauty of the fox. This original picture was drawn using watercolour pencils and pastels. Stage by stage progress photos can be viewed on my blog.