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Peanut - A Sweet Cat Portrait In Vertical
Painting - Prismacolor Colored Pencil And Raffiné Watercolor Pencil On Duralar Film
Peanut - A Sweet Cat Portrait in colored pencil and watercolor pencil, by Conni Schaftenaar
Did this to be a Christmas gift to a friend from a photo she had taken of her cat, Peanut. Image used with permission, gave it to her today and discovered that it was not a horizontal photo image (the way it arrived to me), but rather a vertical image - the cat sitting on the window sill, rubbing her face while looking at her mom taking her photo - really made me laugh, and I decided to post the vertical version with its story, also.
This is a combination of Prismacolor colored pencil and Raffiné watercolor pencil - I was trying to get the background area in the upper left to be fairly abstract, and it just wasn't working in colored pencil. So I erased all that I had done in that area (Duralar allows you to literally erase everything - sweet!) and then started using two or three colors of watercolor pencil, wetting the pencil tip, scraping color down, then using a damp brush to manipulate it around. I was much happier with that. Part of the ferns are colored pencil and most of the ferns are WC pencil, activated after putting some color down, again using a damp brush. Then WC pencil on the bricks around the cat. The cat itself is a combo of WC pencil (not activated) and colored pencil, depending on the colors I wanted. You can burnish WC pencil and colored pencil with another color on the Duralar, so there are layers of colors in the cat's fur. The eyes are WC pencil, activated, two colors to get that golden green shade.
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