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Mock Cat Photograph

Portrait Details

Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Graphite pencil
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Name: Hamlet

This is the first in a series of two portraits. The mock pose was created by using two different reference photographs. Click on the last update to view more.




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The basic sketch of what will become Hamlet's portrait. The pencil outline has been darkened to make it easier to see.

Hamlet is slowly coming to life as I add the fine hairs on his face. The eyes look different than the mock photo due to the flash in the eyes.

Update 3

Update 4

This cat's beautiful face is almost complete. It sure takes time to add the short individual hairs on the face but the results are well worth the effort. Just wait and see...

When using graphite, it is always a challenge to create single white hairs over dark fur. I use a dull edged point to create  indentations for the whiskers. I then carefully add the darker fur around them.


Update 5

Finished Portrait-click to enlarge

Hamlet's body is now completely filled in using  pencils of varying hardness. This allows me to create the various shades seen on his coat.

Adding the blanket is the final step to complete this portrait. Doesn't Hamlet look sweet holding his favorite toy?




Many more wildlife watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings, graphite pencil, colored pencil and charcoal drawings and sketches of animals and pets can be found in my art gallery. See portraits of dogs, puppy, cats, kitten, horses, pony, fancy rat, birds, elephant, butterfly, rhinoceros, jaguar, moose, raccoon, red fox, rabbit, hare, lion, zebra, owl, wolf and more. Commission an original custom wildlife painting or drawing,  dog portrait, cat portrait, horse portrait or other animal portrait today. These original, hand-made, custom pet portraits and wildlife paintings or animal drawings make wonderful memorial gifts for every dog, cat, horse or animal lover.



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