Here’s a little drawing I just finished:
Size: 6″ x 8″
Medium: Graphite on paper
When: Summer 2014
History: Mozzie is my one year old cat. He sleeps in the most random positions, and his favorite place to sleep is on my office chair. Sometimes he’ll share my chair and then I can work on writing blog posts or editing pictures of my work, but more often than not he gets annoyed that I’m invading his space and walks away pouting. One day he was laying on the chair, hugging his feet to his head. He looked so cute, that I had to photograph him, and eventually draw him 🙂
Thought process: It was fairly straight forward. I liked his position, and the composition that I thought was best was just cropping in on his face and paws. The fact that Mozz is a black and white cat made it really easy to differentiate between the lights and darks when drawing him!
Problems I encountered: Keeping the white parts white enough. My paper itself is an off-white color, so the brilliant whites already were dulled down. As I draw, areas tend to get smudged as well, so I don’t think there’s enough of the bright whites here. If I had used really white paper, I could go back with paint or white charcoal to highlight the areas. On this paper, it would just look odd with the off-white paper.
Fun tidbits: Mozzie was named after a character from the TV show White Collar 🙂
We actually got Mozz as a kitten from Milo’s parents! He was born in their hay loft by a stray cat, and when I heard they had black and white kittens, I had to get one. He actually has a white tip to his tail, so it looks like he’d dipped his black tail into white paint and was trying to paint. Once I saw his tail, I knew he was the kitty for me!
This was the first piece I’ve used a mechanical pencil on. I’d seen and heard about other artists using them, but didn’t know if they’d really work or not. It was amazing getting into the tiny places and doing fur with it! I’ve officially added a mechanical pencil to my pencil case because now I’m not sure I’ll be able to do a drawing without it!
Favorite part: How fuzzy his chest fur looks (above his chin), and his front paw hanging in front. They capture his fuzziness and I think Mozz has awesome big white paws!
Least favorite part: Getting the black fur to look right. If you go to dark, you run the risk of the graphite getting shiny or too pigmented to be able to erase. If you go too light, it looks gray and there isn’t enough difference between the lights and darks. As this was just a study of a cat and not a full blown piece (think of it as a practice piece, a learning experience), it’s okay that it’s not perfect. It’s something I’m going to have to work on, though!
Do you prefer dogs or cats? I thought I’ve always been a dog person, but now I’m starting to lean towards cats!