The artist behind RedPictus Designs is Bek Stobbart, an animal lover from the south-west of England. Bek shares a home with three dogs and a collection of exotic animals, including snakes, frogs and a gecko!
I have been drawing and creating art from a very early age, and animals (particuarly dogs!) have always been my favoured subjects. Over the years I have dabbled with drawing pencil portraits of dogs and the occasional digital art piece, but when I began to experiment with polymer clay in 2014 I knew it was a medium I wanted to work with more! I have a degree in animal science and I feel that my knowledge of anatomy really helped me to capture the distinctive body shapes of each breed and each individual. I have a good eye for shape and detail and I pride myself on my ability to capture the essence of a breed in my models despite their small size.
RedPictus Designs was founded on these polymer clay models, but I quickly progressed to working with other mediums – first coloured pencil, then pastel pencil, and now I’ve started working in acrylic paints and even acrylic inks! Now I no longer work in polymer clay and focus more on my drawing and painting.
After attending an animal art exhibition in 2018 I felt really inspired to do more art and really push myself further. My lovely wife gifted me a membership to the Association of Animal Artists and by September 2018 I was very proud to be exhibiting my own work at their autumn exhibition!
I am hoping to carry on exhibiting my art and I intend to continue to push myself to create artwork that gets better with each piece.