Shirley Lawrence Bellows' Fine Art
Watercolours, Coloured Pencil Art, Acrylic Animal and Floral Paintings, Pacific West Coast art, Vancouver Island art, British Columbia Art, Graphite art

Blog for Shirley Lawrence Bellows

(posted on 27 Dec 2013)

Hi Everyone:

I am so grateful to a cat that posed for me in Victoria one day. I just loved his black chin and white mustache. Here is the sketch on black paper.

I always start with the eyes on a portrait and after a few test ones, I have the eyes nearly complteted. For the coat, since I am doing it with Coloured Pencil and started with just some gray and white pencils:

However, the look seemed so boring that I put this away for a few months. Then there was a post on where a lady was doing a Dachshund portrait and she was using multiple colours for the black of the coat. It really inspired me so I did some testing on black paper and then decided to use the colours on this cat portrait. Have a look here:

You can see how the colours liven up the entire cat! In person, the colours seem to shimmer and given an iridescent look to the coat. I am now working on the rest of the cat in the same way.

I have now continued with the multiple colours and here is the next stage:

To continue with this work, here is the next stage: