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Reference Photograph

Portrait Details

Size: 16" x 25"

Medium: Graphite Pencil

Breed: Domestic Short Haired

Name: Boots and Tipper

This mock pose is a crude representation of  Boots and Tipper on steps. It was created by combining several different reference photographs.




Update 1

Update 2

Although rather difficult to see clearly, this is the basic sketch outline for the cat portrait.

I've started working on Boots' facial details. The eyes are much clearer than the original photograph.

Update 3

Update 4

Black fur needs lots of layering of graphite. I mainly use a soft 9B pencil for the darkest areas.

Boots portrait is almost complete. There are many subtle highlights to his shinny black coat.


Update 5

Update 6

The details of Tipper's face are slowly emerging.  To avoid dirtying the drawing,  I work from left to right and  place clean sheets of paper over areas that are dark.

Once these tuxedo cats are complete, I will spray the graphite with a fixative to prevent smudging. Then I will start to draw the stairs and these two felines will no longer look as if they are floating on the paper.



Update 6

Finished Portrait-click to enlarge

A few more finishing touches to the cats are needed. You can start to see the steps as I am beginning to shade them in.

After filling in  the steps with shading  I define the shadows around both cats. .Boots' and Tipper's portrait is now complete.


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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