As the 1st place winner of my Birthday and Blog Launch Giveaway, Candace Scarborough won a life-like portrait of a furry friend along with a package of goodies. I was so pleased to be able to work on a portrait of her beautiful Meow.
Candace sent me a few pictures of Meow, and I chose one to work from primarily. The others were used more for reference, as colors (esp. on fur) can change in different light.
I first drew a sketch of Meow in pencil, just blocking off her general structure. Then I used my Uniball ink pen to draw out a detailed portrait. I then made a digital scan of the image that I was able to clean up (similar to the way I work on my digis), erasing stray lines, ink smudges, making minor edits, etc. I was then able to print off two prints, one to color and one to use as a mask.
I used matte photo paper for the version I intended to color. I used my Derwent Inktense pencils, my Pentel water brush, and my white gelly roll pen to color in Meow. This coloring was a bit stylized; after all, a photo would be more accurate, and I wanted to create something special in memory of this gorgeous and much beloved cat. I created shadows on Meow with a light wash of watered down water color.
Lastly, I used the wings from a Tom Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp set with my Antique Photo Distress Ink and my Moonlight White Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink. I wanted to add the angel wing patterns to the background so I fussy cut out my second print of Meow (which I printed on plain copy paper) to make a mask and used a little washi tape to lightly adhere it over the colored print of Meow. The white is not so visible in pictures but in person, I like the added shimmer and dimension it adds to the background.
The finished portrait, along with the ink sketch and the digital image are all going to be sent to Candace along with the rest of her prize. I hope she enjoys them.
The following is a video share of these portrait drawings:
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