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04-12-2017, 01:43 PM
Hello everyone! Here is my current WIP. It’s a fox portrait, based on a picture from the RIL and done in Prismacolor Premier and Derwent Drawing pencils on black Canson Mi-Teintes 9x12 paper.

I still have to do the background but, for the fox itself, I have one question that I would like other people’s opinions on: about the pencil lines, should I endeavour to blend everything with a blender pencil or should I leave it like that with the pencil strokes all visible? At first, I had the intention of blending everything but, now, when I look at it, I feel that I also like it with the pencil strokes. What do you guys think? Also, let me know if you have other comments :)



Vivien Maloney
04-12-2017, 10:33 PM
Virginie -I actually like it with the pencil strokes showing. It gives a very realistic look of the texture of the fox's fur. You've making a great job of this, and I'm looking forward to your updates.

04-13-2017, 12:25 AM
Virginie well done so far. I also like the strokes to indicate fur. I have a cheap harder set of cp's which I sometimes use to work in the softer cp. That works better than a blender pencil for fur.

04-13-2017, 11:46 AM
I like pencil marks showing, as they often are in watercolours. It's an excellent painting. Well done!

04-13-2017, 02:53 PM
I love to see pencil marks in art. please keep them! :)

Your picture is looking good. I like the texture in the fur.

04-13-2017, 04:07 PM
Thank you very much for your input everyone :) This confirms what I thought, the pencil strokes are there to stay. I'll work on it again this weekend and post what I end up with!

04-16-2017, 12:04 PM
Great drawing, I love the pencil marks they provide great fur texture. I don't blend fur or feathers but I will use blending on smooth surfaces such beaks and shells. :cat:

04-18-2017, 07:38 AM
Well, here is the finished (I think) drawing. I haven't put the fixative yet so if you guys have any suggestions as to something to change please let me know :) Other than that, let me know what you think!


04-18-2017, 01:58 PM
You could combine both... Blur áreas behind and sharp strokes to front parts... Could give you additional depth

chammi kaiser
04-19-2017, 08:22 AM
The energetic pencil strokes give this a lively , painterly look. I like it just the way it is.

04-20-2017, 01:11 AM
I wanted to say The pencils strokes will look more natural once you ll do the bg they will add depth and energy to the painting your picture proves it now if you had left the black bg I would have blended more

04-20-2017, 09:26 AM
Really lovely. I like those eyes.