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Cat's Eyes Step by Step - 10/5/2010

 

Cat’s eyes in coloured pencil step by step.
 
First choose your support. I have chosen a favourite of mine Black Canford. Draw a rough outline of the cat. (Fig 1)
 
 Rough outline of cat on black canford in coloured pencil for step by step instructions
Fig 1
 
Then it is time to decide what pencils you want to use and which colours. On a piece of spare support the same as you will use for your main drawing put down some colours and decide from them which will best suit your subject. Do this for both the eyes and the fur. Have a quick go at creating the fur and the eyes just to give you a feel of how the pencils may work and blend. (Fig 2 )
 
 Quick drawing of cat's eye and fur to test colours and blending of coloured pencils
Fig 2
 
 
The Eyes
 
I used a combination of Derwent Coloursoft and Inktense coloured pencils for the eyes in the following colours
 
Coloursoft
 
Acid Yellow CO20
Light Green C440
Deep Cadmium CO40
Dark Terracotta C610
White C720
Black C650
Lime Green C460
Green C420
Dark Brown C520
 
Inktense
 
Sun Yellow I02
Bark I20
Baked Earth I18
 
 
For the outer rim I first put the acid yellow and close to the pupil the light green.
Try to follow the contours of the eyes with your strokes which helps give a more rounded appearance to the eye. If you use straight strokes the eyes will look flat and without dimension. (Fig 3)
 
 First step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil
Fig 3
 
Then overlay with deep cadmium, dark terracotta, sun yellow (Fig 4) and blend with a colourless blender such as Prismacolor PC1077 (Fig 5)
 
 Second step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil
Fig 4
Third step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil blending the colours
Fig 5
 
Add highlight to the pupils with white and colour pupil with black.
Then add some lighter highlights to the iris with lime green and white. (Fig 6)
 
 Fourth step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil adding highlights
Fig 6
 
Add some darker shading with green and dark brown, bark and baked earth. (Fig 7)
 
 Fifth step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil adding dark areas
Fig 7
 
Now using any of the above colours as appropriate blend and either lighten or strengthen colour to achieve the desired effect. Note the Inktense pencils can now be used wet to add to their colour intensity. I simply dampen the pencil tip with a wet cloth. (Fig 8)
 
 Sixth step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil final finishing touches and blending
Fig 8
 
Repeat the process with the other eye (Fig 9)
 
 Seventh step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil the other cat's eye
 Fig 9
 
Look at both eyes together and make any minor adjustments as necessary. (Fig 10)
 
 Eight step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil both cat's eyes together
Fig 10
 
So there you have it my step by step on how I did my cats eyes. 
 
To finish the picture I began to slowly create the fur using small strokes following the direction of the fur itself. I used some of the colours for the fur that was used in the eyes and added some others as required to get the colour blends I was looking for. (Fig 11 and Fig 12)
 
 Ninth step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil creating the fur first stage
Fig 11
 Tenth step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil creating the fur second stage
Fig 12
 
Finally after much patience the piece is finished (Fig 13)
 
 Eleventh step for the cat's eyes step by step in coloured pencil the finished cat
Fig 13

Please note this work is protected by copyright so please only use this as a practise piece for yourself. Reference picture of  Elmo is used with kind permission from Dragica (Spiral world) at wetcanvas.com
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