Folks, who follow me on Instagram already know that few months ago I have adopted second cat. She is young and active feline and she makes a great running-around-the-house friend to Mr. Kotkins (our first cat). Her name is Miss Killmousky. Despite esotropia (crossed eye) her vision is perfect and she is extremely pretty and girly. And her cute bandy-legged walk makes her look like a little outlaw cowgirl-kitty. ))
Of course I had to make a fun portrait of my cat. It was a free time project and it took some time to finish it.
It just happened that I have found in my drawers a little bag of art supplies for fine art drawings that never been used for the last three years. In fact, it's been used only once when I was studying classical figure drawing for few weeks back in 2014. Anyway, it could not have come at a better time. I thought it might be quite fun to remember some forgotten skills, try something different and get my hands messy! :D
The whole list of what I used:
- drawing pencil (HB)
- fine art charcoals (H, B, HB)
- charcoal pencil (Medium)
- paper stumps
- paper tissue
- kneaded eraser
- charcoal paper
- one pretty cat for posing
- 'Midsomer murders' for watching on a background :)
I pretty much already knew how drawing would look like and I didn't spend too much time on drafting and developing the idea... The only thing was - I had totally forgotten how to work with charcoal (facepalm)... To be fair there was a bit of struggles at the beginning, I didn't even know how to start. But by the end of work I remembered everything I needed to make this portrait the way it is now.
BTW I highly recommend kneaded eraser for any type of drawings, not just for highlighting fur and whiskers on a charcoal cat face! :) I tried it quite few years ago and never stopped using it since then. If you don't like those crumbs and mess that regular eraser creates all over your drawing, draft, sketch, then you will LOVE kneaded eraser.
I haven't put this art on a wall yet because I've decided to make a matching portrait of another cat Mr. Kotkins first. It is going to be another free time project, which means it might take some time, but hopefully not too much time! (=^-ω-^=)