Pretty sure I'm finished with "Tuskie", a new pastel pet portrait commission of a blue-eyed Himalayan seal-point kitty cat. He's 15 years old and wasn't very interested in having his photo taken....but after 60 photos, we agreed on this pose.
Of course, I had to crop out the lovely owner that was holding him.....as he glared at me as cats will do when you force them to do anything!
I decided to use a new paper...a German velour paper called Hannemuhle. It comes in different colors and I chose Ochre as I thought it would play well against his coat. I've seen other pet pastel artists use it quite successfully. It's great for depicting fur. The paper is archival and acid-free as well.
I used this photo as a reference to show his paws, which I wasn't going to include originally, but thought it added a necessary grounding to the portrait. This photo shows more warm colors in his fur too.
The result: "Tuskie", pastel on velour paper, 12x16"©KimWerfel.
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