Working from photos seems to be the best option for doing pet portraits. Anyone who’s even tried to photograph a pet knows what a challenge it can be to get them to hold a pose .Of course, just as with “people portraiture” , it’s always helpful to be able to refer to the real thing at intervals. In this case, that was impossible, since the subject is no longer living. I was glad to have taken good photos of this kitty, which had belonged to my mother. She was a striped gray “midget”. Her personality could easily be described as “spitfire”, yet somehow she had an endearing quality—which I hope to’ve captured here.
I used 5b, 7B & 9B graphite pencils on Canson illustration board. A fairly smooth -surfaced board, & relatively inexpensive, as I remember. Not bad to work on. After details were added, some blending was done in the darker areas to get a more solid, shaded effect, as opposed to the lightly-detailed, sunlit side.
NOTE: All images and text in this post are Copyright K. A. Renninger 2011. I am more than happy to have you share them through your own blog, and hope you will do so—but you must give me credit. Anyone who uses them to make money will be prosecuted.