Once upon a time I tried my hand at pencil sketching and shading. This was always what I thought I needed to be good at in order to be a respectable and “real” artist. I remember trying so hard over the years! Someday I will find the old attempts and show them off but this is the ONLY one I kept in my portfolio collections because, let’s e honest and let’s also stroke my ego – it looks amazing!
It is a replica from a photograph I took of my half blind cat which was over exposed. The over exposure actually added to the ordinary photograph, so when I was given an assignment to draw a portrait in school I decided that the photograph would work nicely.
I used a grid system to draw this. And if you don’t know what that is (GOOGLE IT!), it is when you take the image you wish to draw and take a ruler to it and section the image off in equal squares. Then you take your blank paper and section it off in the same sized squares, or same size ratio if you are enlarging or shrinking the image. You then copy what is in each square and focus on small sections instead of an overall image. It can take much of the stress and hassle out of drawing a detailed image. Some amazing artist do not need this help, which I always resented! haha!
Anyway – this turned out great so I will keep it forever, BUT, I will probably never try again because it is just not my thing, and that it OKAY!!!