On The Drawing Board – Bebe

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Look at this stunning photo of such a gorgeous cat! Bebe’s owner is a photographer (have a look at her portfolio kerrysellers.myportfolio.com), so I have been spoiled with this photograph – actually slightly worried I can do justice to this the amazing shot! Sadly Bebe passed away recently, so her owner is having the portrait done in her memory.

Below is the initial sketch.bebe 1

A friend of mine, who is a pastel “human” portrait artist, once told me she always adds the eyes first so that she has someone to talk to whilst working on a portrait,  I have done the same here before starting work on his amazing coat.

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Was just about to post these when had to stop to mop up the floor, Qatar experienced a full on thunder-storm, the art room windows proved not to be equipped for such unusual amounts of rain, hence the mopping!

Anyway, back at the desk and back to the art.  At the moment over emphasizing all his markings, will probably have to soften some slightly later but liking the powerful feel he is portraying, makes me think of the larger members of the cat family.

Have now completed all the basics, moving onto the refinement.

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I think I am finished but I will leave him on the easel to analyse a bit more before scanning him. I also always get my husband to have a look (good to get a fresh set of eyes to view it) but for him it is actually a no win situation, if he criticizes it I get defensive but I do actually value his opinion, sorry hubby!

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Below is the final scanned image of Bebe.

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