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Bruce Newman
03-10-2001, 12:16 AM
Fergus...a cat I know.

Bruce

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tammy
03-10-2001, 12:29 AM
He/She looks so happy. You did good!

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animal
03-10-2001, 10:31 AM
Bruce, This one is Really good. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif How did you get the background so dark? I especially like the cat`s eyes. How did you do the cat`s fur? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Bruce Newman
03-10-2001, 02:09 PM
Thank you all for your compliments.

Originally posted by animal:
Bruce, This one is Really good. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif How did you get the background so dark? I especially like the cat`s eyes. How did you do the cat`s fur? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

For the background, I built it up in many layers beginning with a 2H and finishing with a 6B. for each layer, I made sure I rubbed it well. I needed a very dark background to allow Fergus' lighter features to show.

The fur was just persistence, making dark what is dark and leaving the rest alone pretty much. I made a few strokes with the fine tip to enhance the fur look.

Bruce


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Barbara
03-11-2001, 06:20 AM
Bruce:
I have a question on this one. Did you use an eraser or what to put in the whiskers? Or did you draw around each one?

Also, do Fergus' eyes look slightly in opposite directions? They look like there is a slight cast to them toward each side but it may be the placement of the highlights is why I asked. Or the cat could have this cast to its eyes.
Barb

Bruce Newman
03-11-2001, 11:34 AM
Originally posted by Barbara:
Bruce:
I have a question on this one. Did you use an eraser or what to put in the whiskers? Or did you draw around each one?

Also, do Fergus' eyes look slightly in opposite directions? They look like there is a slight cast to them toward each side but it may be the placement of the highlights is why I asked. Or the cat could have this cast to its eyes.
Barb

For the whiskers, I used a slit between two pieces of paper and a kneeded eraser. After taking off all I needed, I touched up with pencil again.

I see what you mean about the eyes, although I had never seen that before. Look closely at the left eye (his right). Can you see that the pupil is actually pointing straight but the area to the left of the pupil could possible have been done a little lighter to make the pupil show better. I just checked the original and the pupil seems to be more distinct.

As I say, I have never noticed that before, but i can see what you mean, Barb. I think it is correct, but you made a good observation.

Bruce



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Barbara
03-11-2001, 02:29 PM
Bruce:
Very interesting technique for doing the whiskers! I wouldnt have thought of that! I do love a cats whiskers -- so expressive.

Dont worry about the eyes Bruce. This is a great drawing. Keep in mind that I am a groomer and thus I spend long hours staring at animals and noticing all these minute details. I also am always looking at them to be sure nothing is wrong. Thats probably the only reason I noticed.
Barb