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New Colored Pencil Drawing – Black Cat – Finishing Touches

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Today, I’m going to show you how I finished up this drawing. First, I added details to the nose and whiskers. If you look very closely at a cat, their nose has tiny little circles on it. The more little details like this you can add, the more realistic the finished product will be.

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Here, I added a lot more of the white highlights in the fur, especially on the muzzle.

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Now, I went through and added more of low lights and mid tones to the fur to add more depth. Here I added dark umber, grey, and a little black. I also continued working on the nose, paying close attention to she shading of the little circles, and the nostril areas.

h4     Finally, I went through everything and finished up the highlights, low lights, and mid tones. I made sure the whiskers popped, every little shine on the eye, eyelid, and nose was present, and I added a lot to the ear, including the folds and the fur that drapes over it.

I really hoped everyone enjoyed this tutorial. Do you enjoy drawing portraits of animals? What tips do you have on rendering animals? I would love to hear below.

And here is the finished product:

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New Colored Pencil Drawing – Black Cat – Drawing Fur

The next step in this drawing was to add the fur. I made a choice to use black paper to draw a black cat. That can pose some interesting problems. Because the fur and paper are the same color, you cannot really draw black on black and expect to see anything, so you’re going to be focusing on using the highlights, the white areas that reflect light. Also, you will want to focus on the different shades within the black because the fur isn’t actually truly black, it is more different ranges of browns and greys.

fur     First, I added 50% grey around the areas of highlight. This will help to create a three-dimensional illusion because dark colors recede into the background and light colors pop out at you.

fur2     Next, I continued to add more grey, following the contours of the face, and around the eye.

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Here, I started to define the nose, the mouth, and the whiskers. Also, I added dark umber to the darker areas of the face to add some depth and realism. Fur isn’t one or two flat colors, it is a combination of many shades, so the more colors you can add, the more realistic the look will be.

I hope you are all enjoying this tutorial and please let me know if you have any questions on the process. Do you enjoy drawing fur? What are some hurdles you face trying to render fur?

And here is the finished product:

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New Colored Pencil Drawing – Black Cat – Starting the Eyes

Here is the continuation of my newest drawing. This is a colored pencil drawing of my black cat, Heisenberg; he’s the best. This was done with Prismacolor colored pencils on black Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

The first thing I did, after drawing in the sketch, was to start on the eyes. I used a yellow color, Prismacolor creme, to begin the base color of the eyes. With colored pencils, generally, the more light, subtle layers you can add, the more depth you will get in your drawing, and the more realistic it will look. cat

So, with that in mind, I next began to add layers of moss green, grass green, and light umber to the eyes. I noted where the streaks of color were in my reference photo and tried to recreate that in the iris. When you render an eye, you will want to use strokes that radiate from the pupil in a “wagon wheel” fashion. This will give the illusion of the true streaks in the iris.

Note that I left white spots in the pupil. This will be the highlight in the pupil, which will help give the eye a 3d look. This is a really essential part of the entire portait and what gives “life” to the finished piece.

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I began the eyelids and tear duct area using dark umber. Note the tiny highlights of white around the eyelid, which give it a three-dimensional and “wet” look. The white sclera of the eye was drawn in with white as well as blue to give that blue tinge you see in a real eye.

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Lastly, I continued to render the different browns and greens in the iris, while adding shadows to the corners of the eye. You want to think of the eye as any other spherical object. It has contours and shading that go along with a sphere, so you will want to, very subtly, add some shadows to the edges of the eye, to hint at a 3D shape. Also, the eyeball is covered with an eyelid, so, the eyelid will cause a shadow to fall over the eye. You’ll want to add the slightest bit if shading around the eyelids to show the shadow the eyelid casts.

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I really hope you are all enjoying this tutorial. Please let me know if you have any questions at all about the process. Up next will be the fur!

And here is the finished product:

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New Drawing – Black Cat

Hello everyone,

     Here is the start of my newest drawing. This is a colored pencil drawing of my black cat, Heisenberg; he’s the best. This was done with Prismacolor colored pencils on black Canson Mi-Teintes paper. 

     First, I started by sketching a drawing on sketch paper. I used a diagonal grid to help me get the proportions correct. With something like a human portrait or a pet portrait, it’s important to be quite accurate. While we might not notice little differences in a still life or a landscape, we will certainly notice if something is off in a drawing of someone we see every day. 

     

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     Once I got my sketch how I wanted it, I transferred it over to the black paper. I did this by rubbing graphite on the back of the sketch paper, placing it over the black paper, and going over the outlines of the sketch. You can also use transfer paper, or use something like colored pencil or white chalk on the back of the sketch instead. That would be a good option, because it would show up better on the black paper.

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    I’m very excited to show you all more of the process in the next few days. Thank you for visiting!

 

Here is the finished product:

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Colored Pencil Drawing – Orange Cat, Milo

Hello again. This is the final update on the drawing of my sister’s cat, Miloimage

At this point, I have added a lot more color to the blanket above, keeping in mind those contours, highlights and shadows, which make the blanket appear to come forward and recede.

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I then focused more attention on the cat’s features, adding small details like pink in the ears and nose, shadows on the cat’s arms, fine tuning the shape of the face, etc.

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And finally, I continued fine tuning and adding layers of color. I tried to pick up as much detail as possible in the face such as little highlights around the eyes, shadows between the fur in the ears, adding contrast in the stripes in his fur. I also shaded the bottom, white blanket with various strengths of french grey, again, following the contours and shadows, to show the wrinkles and folds in the fabric.

Thank you for stopping by!

And here is the finished product:

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Colored Pencil Drawing – Orange Cat, Milo

Hello again. This is the second update on the drawing of Milo, my sister’s tiger cat.

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Here I used dark umber to create the blanket above Milo. I made sure to follow the contours of the blanket, the direction that the fabric is in, which gives the suggestion of 3 dimensions. I also started to mark in the shadows and highlights in the blanket.

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I also continued laying down the base of the fur with creams, yellows, and oranges, over the rest of the body. I added color to the ears, and emphasized the stripes in his fur. Remember, throughout this process, three things are very important to realism in colored pencil: layering color gives depth, direction of the pencil strokes, and highlights and shadows. If you can do these three things, your drawing will definitely benefit from it.

Thank you for stopping by!

And here is the finished product:

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Colored Pencil Drawing – Orange Cat, Milo

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Here is the start of my newest drawing, Milo. This cute tiger kitty belongs to my lovely sister and her family. This is another drawing I did for my niece, her daughter.
I started out, once again, with a very basic sketch, just to get proportions and facial features correct.

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First, I began by laying down the base colors in the fur, nose, and eyes. Putting these colors in in the beginning will bring depth to the fur later, when you add the final layers.

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Here is a close-up version so you can see more detail. I layered various orange, yellows, and creams to build up the striped pattern in his fur.

And here is the finished product:

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New Drawing – Lemon – Colored Pencil – Tutorial

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After transferring the sketch, I began rendering the flesh of the lemon using various yellows. I made sure to fill in the flesh using strokes that radiate from the center of the lemon. I rendered the pith using white. I also used white for the seed, as well as light umber for the dark skin around the seed.
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Next, I continued giving more accurate colors to the lemon by adding the darker shades to the flesh. I also added the shadows on the far sides of the lemon as well as where the slices overlap.
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Lastly, I used white to burnish some of the flesh. I did this to mimic the thin white membrane found covering the flesh. I used dark brown to draw in the tiny dots that detail the outer skin of the peel. This is found along the outer edge of the cut pieces. It may seem like an insignificant detail, but these small touches are what helps create realism in a drawing.
I also made sure to add shadows anywhere that they are present in the photo reference to aid in 3-dimensionality. I then used black to create a shadow under the fruit. This is very subtle, since the paper is already black, but it adds depth to the final product.
Finally, I used white gouache to paint in the tiny highlights all around the lemon to represent the shine and wetness of the fruit. I would ordinarily just use white colored pencil, but the black paper along with many layers of colored pencil weren’t taking any more white pencil very well, so to get the impact I wanted with the highlights, I chose gouache.

And here is the finished product:

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Do you have any questions or tips of your own on drawing citrus fruit? Please let me know, below.

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New Drawing – Lemon – Colored Pencil – Tutorial

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My newest drawing tutorial is of a sliced lemon.
Above, is the reference photo I started with. I tried to get a good composition with this photo. I cut the lemon into three slices, instead of two or four because odd numbers tend to be more pleasing to the eye. I also tried to keep the focal points around the intersection of lines using the “rule of thirds” method of composition, when transferring the sketch to paper. This helps create an interesting view when looking around the subject.
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Here, I began by making a basic sketch, which I then transferred to a piece of black, Artagain paper.

Next time, we will see more of the progression.

Here is the finished product:

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Do you find you love painting food? What are some of your favorite subjects for still lifes? Let me know, below.