Nothing more appealing (to some) than a sad, stray kitten, abandoned by all. However, this really is not the point of the study!

I tried the Luminance colored pencils, rather than my usual Prismacolor Premier. It is a totally different experience using them, but not better or worse. I decided to just play with the pencils, not aiming for anything other than just experience. I used a grey-brown Mi Teintes paper and a picture from Pixabay. I laid in a number of layers, ending with a brush and Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits), followed by a few quick lines for whiskers.

Poor kitty, but I didn’t stop there, either. After scanning the image, I really didn’t like the roughness of the cat’s fur. In post, I dropped the black a bit and blurred them together. This made the kitten more opaque. I also pushed colors a bit – don’t remember what I did – and ended up with a picture I prefer to the original. The poor kitty also has lopsided eyes – how pathetic is that?

Anyway, original is below. What do you think? Each has its merits, IMHO.

4 comments on “Stray”

  1. Somehow the eyes look wrong, and there’s no hint of nose or chin or mouth. So I am not keen on this one. I did think it would look great without the weird eyes as it would be a view from the back of the cat and you can imagine what it’s looking at. Keep trying though!

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    1. I did mention the eyes were crap! They are. The nose sort of disappeared. It is from a photo of a backlit kitten, and really, no nose or a touch of blue for it. The eyes in the photo were very round. Altogether a meh picture!

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      1. Thanks, Fraggy, for the words of encouragement. The point was to use different colored pencils to see how they worked. I really appreciate your observations and comments, so don’t feel like I was offended. We all have to do exercises to learn (and to stay in shape!). In fact, I haven’t painted on my Tanglewood acrylic and in a bit here will be heading out to class to work on it – I really want it to work out. I have my blog on my iPad so I can see the other versions and the original photo – I can see why you like the watercolor – it is really light and airy despite the overgrowth. Maybe I can catch it – or the murk of the leaf mould . . . 😉

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