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Abu Haidar
11-10-2000, 03:16 AM
Hi there...

Here is my next post. Larry, I need your comment and you too Michael and Gerak...

I used Faber Castle colored pencil on Winsor & Newton paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif Look at those eyes....

Abu Haidar

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Life is too colourfull to be ignored

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11-10-2000, 05:13 AM
Very nice work Abu!
Those eyes ! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
I like this drawing alot, maybe her legs a bit short. You captured her concentration very well. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

11-10-2000, 08:14 PM
<FONT size="5">Abu</FONT s>,

The eyes are so realistic and glossy looking http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif. How were the eyes done(light layers?)Very Nice Drawing http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Abu Haidar
11-12-2000, 10:42 PM
May be you rigth. But I took it from a picture in Animal Kingdom book 4, an old book. I saw the cat position was bending her (how do you know that the cat is female ?)back legs. I will check it out again to the reference picture...

I think the answer is quite the same with the answer I had written and replied to our forum, My Cahnnel Billed Taucan.. Just click here... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum12/HTML/000219.html

The main problem is still the same, patient. I think I can do much better when I can control my patient..

Thanks to you all..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif Abu Haidar

11-12-2000, 11:49 PM
Wonderful job on the cat's head, the eyes, yes...captured the personality quite well.

The photo you used may go to argue why it can be dangerous sometimes simply copying a picture. Could be the lens was a wide angle less, and created some enlargening of the head which would have been closer to the lens, but making small the body which would have been further from the lens.

I'd say from the shoulders up...looks almost like a separate cat from the shoulders down.

What this means has nothing to do with your ability to capture likeness, but a caution to pick and choose your resources more carefully. Then again, you can also choose to do a vignette of the cat's shoulder and head....as that in and of itself is neat!


One thing we do have to argue with ourselves about as artists is the subjectivity of the colors we want to use in the background. The blue allows the complimentary warms of the cat to come out, but psychologically blue comes off as cold....that is, stand off'ish..."get away!"

I wonder if a warm colored background analogous to the colors of the cat might not cause a psychological warming up to the animal even more than the cat's delightful face already does. Just thinking out loud.


Abu Haidar
11-13-2000, 08:40 PM
Hi Saint Larry,

Thanks a lot. You are correct. Photograph could cheat our eyes to catch the real one. I am still studying to be able to quick drawing since the animal or wildlife is a moving fast creature.

I pick all of the colour from the reference picture, eventhough the same colour couldn't be catched by my eyes and skill.The background colour of the picture is ligth blue. It seems the cat's photo was taken in a special room.

I think I should study to drawing living creature portraiture...Hmmmmm...so many thing that I should learned.

Thanks Larry,

Abu Haidar

Life is too colourfull to be ignored

11-13-2000, 10:01 PM
Hello Abu http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

I know that some people like to draw very quick (5 minute) animal sketches while watching nature programs on television..this requires lots of quick movement and less attention to detail...


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Abu Haidar
11-15-2000, 06:57 PM
Hi Kemshmi..

I know that some people like to draw very quick (5 minute) animal sketches while watching nature programs on television..this requires lots of quick movement and less attention to detail...

Would you tell me how to practice to draw quickly but still can catch the detail ? Should I make the sketch first and draw the detail later on ? I'm afraid if I do so I will lost many thing, the ligthening, color and objects emotion too...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif Thanks

Abu Haidar

Life is too colourfull to be ignored

11-16-2000, 12:27 AM
do not worry about the details so much with this exercise..try to capture movement and rough, basic shapes..


11-16-2000, 04:47 AM
I agree with kem Abu, forget about the details until you are very comfortable with the form and movement of the animal...the details are just icing on the cake. What's more important is capturing the presence of the subject. Draw as quickly as you can Abu...yu will be amazed at what you come up with.


11-16-2000, 07:08 AM
Abu- Here is the url to an 11 page how-to I did for Wetcanvas back last January, on sketching....hope you'll find it useful.- Larry

11-16-2000, 05:17 PM
oh, I like this http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gifI have a hard time getting fur right. I love cats