I know, I know…I said that I wouldn’t let myself put in Oliver’s whiskers until the rest of the piece was done…but I rebelled. After all, a cat is nothing without his whiskers, and Oliver would hate to be whiskerless, I just know it.
I did work elsewhere on this piece though, filling in the fur all over, making some subtle changes to the face, etc. For some of the fur on the body and for those thick whiskers, I used a more blunt blade (made just for scratchboard). The whiskers were a bit scary to do, but really fun. I had to apply firm pressure to carve them out, and had to be careful not to let the lines become angular. Fortunately, it went alright. What a relief! He’s getting closer to done now.
If you notice that one whisker off by the side of his face, that’s something I’ve always loved about Oliver. He has these whiskers, one on each side of the face (as do most cats), and when you click your tongue or make some sound he knows well, they twitch ever so slightly. You always know when he’s listening by watching his side-of-the-head whiskers.
Thank you for looking. 🙂