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 colored portrait is also being entered into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
as well as The Pink Elephant Anything Goes Challenge
The following is a video share of these portrait drawings:
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This is absolutely amazing! I love it!
Wow! That is impressive! I bet she will love it and treasure it! You did such a great job recreating the image of her kitty! 🙂
Aww thanks so much! I hope Candace really does like it. I am really a dog person, but this cat seemed really special so I was hoping I was able to capture her beautiful essence. 🙂 tf stopping by and your kind comment (as always!). Big hugs, Kristina
Saying prayers for Biscuit! We’ve got a kitty with some issues, so I understand the stress of them being sick. Ours has to be on antibiotics every other week, because every time she’s gone off of them, she gets really sick. But she is doing well at the present time, so we just take it day to day. I sure hope the treatment you mentioned works great for Biscuit, and Biscuit is healthy in no time! I probably need to give our cat Gigi some Nutri-cal, to help her gain a little weight and get her stronger.
I really admire how much thought and love you put into your creations! Love how you added the little angel wings! Really wonderful tribute to her beautiful kitty!
Thank you so much for your sweet note and your prayers for me and Biscuit. It is always so difficult when our furry babies are ill. I so wish they could tell us how they feel and what we could do to help them feel better. I hope and pray your kitty gets better and stronger each day. Much luv and big hugs, Kristina
This is so gorgeous Kristina, you did an amazing job on this one here, and she msut be thrilled to get such a wonderful drawing. You are such a talented girl, this is so beautiful.
Thank you so much for your kind comment! I hope Candace loves the portrait of her Meow. I drew from my heart. 🙂 TF stopping by and taking the time to leave such a nice note. I really appreciate it! Big hugs, Kristina
What a fantastic drawing! Beautiful art you have created and lovely coloring! Thanks for playing along with us this week in the Artsy challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!
Wow. Very impressive! This is great! Your winner should love it! Thanks for sharing it at The Pink Elephant Challenge! Nance, DT