Closer Look (Pacific Parrotlet) – iPad Illustration

Pacific Parrotlet

Pacific Parrotlet

In the forests of Ecuador a curious Pacific Parrotlet comes closer to investigate. The second smallest species of parrots in the world. Actually this is a painting of our eleven year old parrotlet “Beaker”. I wanted to imagine him in a more wild setting. This artwork was created on the iPad using the Sketchbook Pro app. If you like this piece, prints are available for purchase by clicking here. You can watch me paint this piece in the time-lapse video below.

Closer Look (Pacific Parrotlet) created on the iPad from Raymond Cassel on Vimeo.

Brush Painting Practice

Chinese-brush painting
Happy 2015! I started the new year by practicing traditional Sumie or Chinese brush painting. For this practice session I chose a less traditional 93lb or 150 gsm drawing paper instead of rice paper. The heron on the left is based on a photo I took in Oregon of a Great Blue Heron in silhouette on a misty, wet day. I think the horses are the hardest subject to capture in this expressive style and I have to force myself to be less illustrative in form and more stylized. And because 2015 is the year of the ram, I had to paint one at the bottom. Nice creative start to 2015.

Peregrine Falcon Watercolor Paintings – Fine Art

Falcons for HawkQuest
These two paintings of a Peregrine Falcon are a gift the HawkQuest a wonderful environmental education outreach organization based in Parker, Colorado. I’ve been a volunteer with HawkQuest for thirteen years now, and every year one of my paintings becomes a gift to a lucky volunteer. These two paintings memorialize the male Peregrine Falcon that had passed away this year. The painting on the left is how the staff of HawQuest would like to remember him, in flight while being exercised. The painting on the right will be given away during the holiday party to a volunteer.

HawkQuest is nonprofit with 35 non-releasable birds-of-prey which are used to educate the public about the role of Raptors in the ecosystem and environmental stewardship. Please consider making a donation to HawkQuest during Colorado gives day on December 10th. Your donation is tax deductable. Click here to donate.

Artist Profile in Amazing Stories

Profile on Amazing Stories

Profile on Amazing Stories


Amazing Stories magazine a reboot of the old print publication started profiling members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). As a member I was asked to be part of the initial group of artists. I was extremely honored to be included with many notable space artists such as Mark Garlick, David Hardy, Marilynn Flynn, Dan Durda, Michael Turner, Chris Williams, Julie Jones and Pat Rawlins. All exceptional artists.
Spanish Excerpt

Spanish Excerpt


I was even surprised to see an excerpt translated in Spanish. You can read the article here.