Thursday, 12 November 2009
Portrait of a Cat, done and dusted!
So here is my final version of Keith. I have added more white to the fur, emphasizing the highlights, using a Derwent Drawing Chinese White pencil. The fur needed more definition generally, I think, so I waded in with more Prismacolor Warm Greys, Indigo and Greyed Lavender. I also refined the pink ear and the nose a little more. The dark grey paper helped a lot in providing a foundation colour for the subject and speeded up the drawing process no end.
I prefer the way the Derwent Coloursoft lay down on this paper (Colorfix) as they are chalkier than Prismacolor and also, they never break on me - unlike the Prismas which tend to break a lot. The Prisma Indigo kept breaking in the sharpener so I put it in the microwave oven for 30 seconds - worked a treat! The waxy colour strip melts just enough to reform in the pencil shaft as an unbroken pencil once again - clever stuff huh?! You just have to remember not to 'over-cook' it though or it might explode! The only reason I persevere with the Prismacolor pencils is that they come in a much wider range of colours than the Derwent Coloursoft.
So what will I draw next then? I daren't make another 'statement of intent' because whenever I do that my plan always seems to turn to mush!