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02-18-2008, 07:33 PM
This drawing of my parents' cat is my first attempt at pastels. I used Loew Cornell chalk pastels and Bienfang drawing paper. I'll try to upload thereference photo I took as well as my drawing. Obviously, I would like suggestions for improvement.


K Taylor-Green
02-18-2008, 07:44 PM
Welcome to the Pastels forum! A very nice first attempt.
Your drawing and the eyes are good. But you need some paper with tooth to get the depth in the fur you need. Try a sanded paper, like Wallis or Art Spectrum's
Colorfix. Even something like Canson Mi Tentes is better than plain drawing paper. I think you will be surprised at how much richer your work will look.

Paula Ford
02-18-2008, 09:43 PM
Hello berningc, welcome to the Pastel Forum!

Very nice kitty! You're doing great!

As Kate mentioned, if you use a better paper, you'd be amazed at how much better your work will be.

Keep going...you will improve with each attempt.


02-18-2008, 10:49 PM
Great first pastel!! Yep the paper makes alot of difference.. but you got a good likeness and porpotions look right.. Great first!! Keep going.. & welcome aboard a great group!!

02-19-2008, 05:57 AM
Hi and Welcome! Love the way you handled the eyes! Oh yes, paper makes a *huge* difference, you can do so much more with good paper. This is a very good start, so do treat yourself to at least Canson MT paper, or Ingres paper.


02-19-2008, 09:54 PM
I agree with all the others very nice first attempt. I think you have done very well with what you are working with.

02-19-2008, 09:57 PM
You may even want to try some suede matboard. It is amazing with fur.

02-19-2008, 10:30 PM
This is very nice! You have made a great start.

A great place to find suede mat board would be at a mom/pop frame store. Just ask them if they have any scraps.
Canson would be a great paper to start with that you can pick up at Michaels, or a local art store.

Keep going!


02-23-2008, 11:19 AM
Thank you so much for your suggestions and encouragement. I feel a little silly posting my work here when I see such magnificent work of others. Anyway--here's an update of the kitty. I used Strathmore 80 lb pastel paper. I'm still going to try some of the papers and the suede matboard you suggested. But this is what I could get right away. I was afraid that if I didn't go ahead and do it again, I'd not do it at all.

I don't think the background adds anything to the drawing, so I'm probably going to crop it and mat it with a smaller mat. Notice I didn't say frame. :)