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The Completed Cat Portrait Drawing
The completed cat drawing

The completed cat drawing.

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The completed cat portrait. A great deal more graphite has been added to darken the background, using a 7b pencil using small circular strokes to build up a dense fill. Short pencil strokes against the direction of fur growth have been used to build up fur texture, smoothed along the direction of the pencil marks with a blending stump to reduce the paper texture. You need to use quite a bit of patience to do the detail close to the whiskers.
    Tips:
  • Take your time. This drawing took several hours.
  • Keep your pencils sharp.
  • If looking at the whole picture is too daunting, try doing a small area at a time.
  • Make sure you get your darks dark enough - don't be wishy-washy.
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