Hummingbird in the Woods

Hummingbird in the Woods by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Hummingbird in the Woods.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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One of my art followers suggest I make a hummingbird collage. I made one last year that sold pretty quickly, so I figured I’d make another one this year. For this one, I focused on using fragments of trees from the same two pages in a magazine so that the background would have a more uniform look. I enjoyed mixing a little texture for the hummingbird and decided to outline the bird to make it more visible since the background is more complex than what I typically do.

Orange Conure

Orange Conure by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Orange Conure,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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This was my first time tackling a conure collage (although I shared the second one I completed first). This was yet another piece I worked on while live streaming, and it was a challenge to juggle working on the piece while answering questions about my work. This took a tad longer than I expected since I kept reworking sections of the conure’s body. I wanted to get a good balance of solid colors and textures.

This piece was also the first of two conure collages that I completed this month.

Conor the Green Conure

Conor the Green Conure by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Conor the Green Conure,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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I couldn’t help myself with giving this piece an amusing name. This was yet another collage that I made while live streaming my process. This one was a bit easier to put together than the first conure collage that I made, and I enjoyed mixing in quite a few textures. This piece has fragments of pictures of grass as well as green tinted photographs from ads and some other interesting green patterns I pulled from magazine ads.

Bark Wahlberg the Golden Retriever

Bark Wahlberg the Golden Retriever
Bark Wahlberg the Golden Retriever by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Bark Wahlberg the Golden Retriever,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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This was the last collage I completed in 2020. It was also the first collage I’ve ever worked on while live streaming my process. I was nervous about live streaming at first, however, I’ve gotten used to it and actually like it a lot. It’s a wonderful way to work on my artwork and have some company at the same time. Especially these days when we’re all cooped up, it’s a wonderful way to connect with my followers and other artists.

Lately I’ve been live streaming from time to time on TikTok. I’m planning to start live streaming on Instagram as well, but I’ll work on a schedule to make it easier for my followers to know when that will happen. I suppose at the moment I like how I can hop on and live stream on a whim when it comes to TikTok.

The Happy Bernedoodle

The Happy Bernedoodle by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Happy Bernedoodle,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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This piece was the second one of two commissioned pet portraits of bernedoodles that I completed recently – and this one was of a dog named Ace. This piece was a lot easier to tackle than the other one, but that may have been because I was feeling a little rusty with dog portraits until after I completed the portrait of Addi. Ace’s sketch was also much closer to the composition of the final portrait, which also helped a great deal. I especially enjoyed working on Ace’s portrait since he looks so happy, it’s hard not to smile when you see an upbeat expression like that.

If you’r interested in purchasing my custom art, you can learn more about the commission process here.

The Playful Bernedoodle

The Playful Bernedoodle by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Playful Bernedoodle,” Collage on paper, 7″x5″
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This piece was one of two commissioned pet portraits of bernedoodles that I completed recently – and this one was of a dog named Addi. I had a lot of fun tackling this portrait, and a big part of that was how expressive Addi was in all of the reference photos that I was provided. I initially struggled with this collage since my sketch wasn’t well thought out. I didn’t include the octopus toy in the sketch, and Addi’s paws were posed differently. As a result, I ended up having to rework her paws. I also realized that the shape of her head wasn’t sketched out proportionally, so again I had to work on reshaping that section. This portrait was a good reminder that initial sketches are so helpful for planning a piece, and taking more time in the beginning to get the sketch down right, will save you a lot of time later down the line.

If you’r interested in purchasing my custom art, you can learn more about the commission process here.

Franklin the Cat

Franklin the Cat by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Franklin the Cat” Collage on paper. 7″x5″
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Earlier this year I got to work on a cat portrait for a commission. I had a lot of fun tackling this portrait, specifically because one of the reference photos had the cat wearing a cute, striped bowtie. The client was also wonderful to work with.

Over the years I’ve made a number of cat portraits, but usually the custom art orders I receive are dog portraits. It was fun working on something a bit different as far as my custom artwork goes.

Hedgehog

“Hedgehog.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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When it comes to my animal portraits, I’m mainly drawn to making bird and dog collages. So the other day I decided to work on a hedgehog collage for the first time. I wasn’t sure how this one would turn out, since I figured the spines might be difficult to recreate. I was pleasantly surprised with how I found some texture that worked well with making the hedgehog’s spines. It’s nice to go outside of your comfort zone and try new things.

Golden Retriever

“Golden Retriever.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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One of the silver linings of quarantine is that it’s forced me to get more productive with my artwork. I can’t believe that this “Golden Retriever” collage is time lapse video #14. Nearly every week since lockdown has been going on, I’ve been striving to complete one of these time lapse videos. And I was pleasantly surprised with how this piece turned out.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Hummingbird.” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I keep trying to work on a different subject, but I’m consistently drawn back to animals. What can I say? I think animals are more exciting to make time lapse videos of. This was an especially fun collage to make since it was my first attempt at making a hummingbird.