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Norman WIP 3

Norman is continuing to shape up.  Not my actual cat, but the drawing, that is.  My cat is currently sitting on my printer, where he doesn’t belong.  I’d tell him to get down but…look at that face!! 😉

Anyway, I’ve gotten the nose, whiskers, cheeks and chin in place, and am working on the shoulder.  Since Norman’s fur is so stark white and deep black, it’s interesting trying to balance the values in this drawing.  The darks need to go further, and the whites are not as bright as my mind tries to tell me.  There’s a lot of shadow in those whites, and I need to keep going back to darken the shadows and keep it looking right.

On a side note, I’m having trouble getting my scanner to work, so I’ve had to settle for photographing the drawing.  I love my camera, don’t get me wrong, but it’s almost impossible to photograph a piece of white paper without getting a shadowy part of discoloration due to tricky lighting.  The details look a little gritty and harsh, unlike the original drawing…  So the photos aren’t the best, but you’ll see how the drawing is coming along, anyway.

Two updates in one post today. 🙂

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As you might have noticed, there’s a very firm cut-off point on the right.  I’m debating cropping the drawing down to a square format of 8×8 inches instead of the original 8×10.  I think it would be more dramatic that way.  And Norman is very, very dramatic.

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman WIP 2

I’ve got Norm’s eyes in place now.  I wanted to build the values very gently, so I used a 005 size pen, and a somewhat dried out one at that.  I keep the older, well-used pens because they create smaller dots while still being consistent in their performance.  They are not good for building quick values, but for delicate work, the worn-out pens are the best.

I’ve also got the second ear further along, too, as well as the values across the head and cheeks.  He’s taking shape. 🙂

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Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman WIP

Happy New Year!

It has been quite a while since I’ve had a pen and ink work-in-progress to share, so at last, here is something new.  I’ve been meaning to draw a cat in ink for years.  I’m a cat person, but tend to end up drawing dogs.  Oh, I love dogs, too…but there’s something about the quiet presence of cats that I find so soothing and comforting.

You’ve seen me draw Oliver…twice in fact.  Both times, it was in scratchboard.  I felt it was high time that I draw my other lovely housecat, Norman.  Norman has been my pal for a few years now.  He is a gorgeous tuxedo cat with such beautiful, perfect markings.  He’s stately and beautiful…and yet, he is a complete clown that makes me laugh all the time.  There’s something in his playful actions and wide-eyed expression that makes me think he is just slightly insane.  I love this guy! 🙂

Here is my reference photo of him.

Norm

And here are the first three installments of this WIP.  I started with a pretty detailed graphite outline, and then began with the ink.

This is 8×10 inches in size, and I’m using Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate paper.  I’m using Sakura Pigma Micron pens for this.

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Thank you for looking!  I hope you’ll follow along in the progress of this drawing.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Fat Cat

Dear readers, it’s about time I make a post again, isn’t it?  I’m very busy getting ready for an art show, and though I haven’t been posting on my blog, it has been an artful time.  I’ve got many new sculptures which I’ll be posting here one-after-another to get caught up.  I had a big photo-shoot today so I’ve finally got pictures of everything.

I’ll go in the order I sculpted in, so that means I’ll start with my fat cat.

This sculpture gave me a lot of grief, and I had this one on my sculpture work table for weeks.  I just wasn’t inspired by it.  But I finally got it finished, and that felt great! 🙂  That was way back in May.  It’s been finished for quite a while!

Fat Cat

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer wire for detail and attaching embellishments.  The ears, whiskers, bow, and beaded collar are all various found objects that I had on hand.

– Measures 8 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide/long.

Thank you for looking! 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Lion

After taking a little break from my wire sculptures, I have finally finished one.  I was moments from falling asleep one night, when I suddenly could picture a lion sculpture.  Some time ago, I bought a package of little metal medallions that I just couldn’t resist.  Luckily, it was a jumbo-sized package, and I must have gotten a couple hundred of these little things.  As I lay there, half-asleep, I suddenly pictured a lion sculpture with a mane made up from these little pieces.  Here is the result.

Lion

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, gold-colored chain for the tail and the base of the mane, and probably more than a hundred of these “coin” pieces I bought.  I attached each coin – painstakingly! – with jump rings.  Thanks to the time taken to attach each piece individually, this may be the slowest wire sculpture I’ve made to date.  It was a labor of love, though.  The ears (they are small and don’t show up until you look a little closer) are made with little metal gears.

– Measures approximately 9 1/2 inches long (from tip of the nose to tip of the tail) by 4 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.

To any fellow doo-dad, thingamajig lovers out there, I must say that this lion, thanks to all those metal coins in his mane, jingles delightfully when he is moved.  I just wanted to make that known. 🙂

As usual, one of my cats has made it into the photo shoot.  Her name is Joplin, and she feels she is very photogenic, so I thought I’d snap two photos…one focusing on the lion, and the other focusing on her.  I’m sure Joplin thinks she is the lion.

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I hope you like my little lion sculpture (and the cat 🙂 ).  Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Oliver Scratchboard (Finished)

As the time flies by and Christmas gets closer, I have been brazenly spending some of my drawing time on this rather than the annual Christmas card.  However, that project is moving along too.  No peeking!  I’ll share it on Christmas Eve. 😉

In the meantime, I think my portrait of Oliver is finished.  I enjoyed trying to capture his likeness very much.  He’s been my friend for almost eleven years, and every day is a little brighter because he’s here with me.  Maybe I’m becoming a crazy cat lady, but I firmly believe that not all friends have to be human.

Oliver

– 5×7 inch Ampersand Scratchboard

– Tools used are a #11 X-Acto Knife, and a blunter scratchboard tool for the thick whiskers.  I also used a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen for some corrections.

Click any of the images if you’d like to see them larger.

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A few close-ups.

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Oliver WIP Finished Crop CR 1

I hope you like this.  Thank you for following along!  I hope you’ll join me in my next work-in-progress. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Oliver WIP 6

Here’s a bit more progress on Ollie.  Slow and steady, one scratch at a time, that’s the key.  I’m making my way down the neck, into all those luxurious layers of kitty fur. Even as I write this, my Oliver is “petting” my leg, jealous of the time I’m spending on the computer and not fawning over him.  Therefore, I will keep this brief and turn my attention back to him.  You’ve got to love pets. 🙂

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Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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