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Cat Portrait in Graphite - Elizabeth Johnson

Cat Portrait in Graphite - Elizabeth Johnson
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Those beautiful eyes, that expressive face, such soft fur...... Learn Elizabeth’s techniques for animal portraits. If you love cats, you will enjoy these carefully detailed lessons in creating the portrait of a feline with simply a graphite pencil.

You will learn how to capture the soul behind the eyes, and how to draw fur that looks like you could sink your fingers into it. This workshop includes 5 thoroughly detailed lessons. The first four lessons will cover each of the most important points of a cat portrait. In the fifth lesson, Elizabeth will teach you how to put it all together. You will get to watch Elizabeth actually drawing a portrait.

Cat breeds are varied and bring unique issues to the drawing table. But in this workshop you will gain the foundation for the skills you need to draw any cat portrait you wish. Much attention will be given to details and shading. In this workshop you may take the time to accomplish several portraits taking advantage of the opportunity for Elizabeth’s helpful critique and guidance.

This workshop is not for beginners. Elizabeth assumes you already have basic line drawing and shading skills as she walks you through these lessons. If you have completed the pencils 101, 201, & 301 classes you are ready for the cat portraits.

You can save money by purchasing both Cat Portrait and Dog Portraits as a bundle. See details here.

  • Pencils: graphite drawing pencils in grades B, 8B, & 9B. I use predominately Derwent Graphic pencils. Other quality brands are Sanford, Cretacolor, Faber-Castell, & Prismacolor Turquoise. I would not suggest using General’s Kimberly pencils.)
  • Erasers: Kneaded Eraser Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick (very important, only this brand of stick eraser has the narrow eraser stick necessary for the detail work you will be doing.) General’s Factis Oval Eraser or comparable
  • Blender: Paper Blending Stump. You can get a variety of sizes from very narrow to quite large. I usually use only sizes 1/8”,3/8”, and 7/16” size with the 7/16” being the one I use the most often.
  • Paper: Sketch paper. The packaging must say the word sketch rather than drawing. Drawing paper is a completely different surface than we want now. Bristol board smooth surface. Must say smooth surface. There are many brands of papers and many grades of papers. Strathmore, Canson, and Bienfang are reliable brands for the grade you will need for these classes. Cheap papers will not cooperate with your pencil and you will not be pleased with the results.
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Soft Brush: You can purchase a soft drafting brush. However, it is not necessary to spend money on this item. A soft fluffy paint brush or make up brush will work just fine. Just be sure they are clean and soft.
  • Clear Plastic Sheet, optional but encouraged
  • Small circle template, optional
  • Prospek, optional, you can buy this at Jerry’s


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