Cat Sketching in Pencil – Finishing off the Drawing

In this series we will be creating a soft pencil sketch from a cat reference. You can use your own reference or work from the same one as me using the link below.

Reference: https://unsplash.com/photos/13ky5Ycf0ts

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser

Process

  • Begin by making any adjustments to values that you feel may be necessary.
  • This might include darkening/evening the background or punching out the darkest shadows a bit further.
  • You can also add more fur divisions to enhance the sense of texture.
  • Finally, try to ensure that you have captured the underlying structure of the cat’s head by looking for halftones around the eyes and snout.

Cat Sketching in Pencil – Adding Markings and Fur

In this series we will be creating a soft pencil sketch from a cat reference. You can use your own reference or work from the same one as me using the link below. In this session we will be adding in the cat’s markings and beginning to develop the fur textures.

Reference: https://unsplash.com/photos/13ky5Ycf0ts

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser

Process

  • Begin by working from the darker areas, starting to divide the fur into separate tufts.
  • Focus on the biggest pieces of fur first and then divide in between them.
  • You can also start to shade in areas of the cat where there are locally darker tones (this will be mostly patterns).
  • Carry on laying in more markings and fur textures.
  • You can also add a bit more detail to the features (eyes and mouth) at this stage.

Cat Sketching in Pencil – Getting Started

In this series we will be creating a soft pencil sketch from a cat reference. You can use your own reference or work from the same one as me using the link below. In this session we will be lightly establishing the main shapes and features in the drawing.

Reference: https://unsplash.com/photos/13ky5Ycf0ts

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser

Process

  • Begin by using soft simple lines to form the outline of the head.
  • You can also plot in a suggestion for the placement of the features with the face.
  • Then gradually elaborate the lines and tones around the outside of the head.
  • You can break longer lines down into smaller ones and also lay in tone to roll the forms.
  • Finally, render the eyes, nose and mouth a bit more to give the drawing a focal point.

Cute Pet Portrait in Oils – Final Touches

In this series we will be making a pet portrait in oils. In this session we will be adding some final glazes and details.

Reference Image: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/P1060173.jpg

Materials

  • Canvas
  • Brushes (one medium and two small)
  • Solvent (mineral spirits etc.)
  • Linseed Oil
  • Easel
  • Palette
  • Palette Cup

Oil Paint

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow

Process

  • Begin this final session by thickly oiling in the entire piece.
  • This will ensure that all the colours are deep and fully saturated as well as providing a smooth surface to lay details and glazes into.
  • Look for minor details like whiskers, smaller patches of textures and the smallest forms.
  • You will likely find that pure black glazed into the shadows will be a helpful way to add detail effectively.
  • That’s it – I hope you all enjoyed this series!