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.
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.
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: