Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Friday, 8 December 2006

GRACIE














Finally did it!

I thought the tabby pattern would be the biggest challenge but in the end it was the angle of the face that posed most difficulties. I did try sketching in the body too, at first, but it didn't look right at all.

What do I think? It was difficult, and I'm pleased with it. Especially as I had a lovely tabby years ago. But I don't think I've quite got the happy expression, do you? I might do some more work on that left ear... some more shading, I think.

13 comments:

Susan said...

That is really beautiful. You do amazing work. I agree that maybe a little more shading might be needed on her left side. But other than that I wouldnt change it much more. Perfect expression. I can see how challenging it must have been to capture that angle!

Helena said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Susan.

& I've made it a little darker now.

The photo appears a lot darker on the screen than on paper so maybe I should have been drawing from the screen and not a print-out! Unfortunately the room with my computer in is the coldest in the house though! Brrrr....

Helena

Gattina said...

What a nice drawing ! It really looks lively !
Concerning cats on tuesday don't bother. You post whenever you can on a tuesday there is no obligation. No Webring either. It's just a friendly get together for cat lovers on tuesdays. That's all. And if you can't participate you just can't. Maybe later I will do a blogroll when enough people wish to be on that for the moment just follow the "rules" on my blog. The little cat on the toilet which you have to put on your post indicates other cat friends that you participate, and if you click on my Mr. Linky, others know that you have posted on this day. So it's totally free !

Gattina said...

Just saw your other comment about tinsel. Yes we have some wonders happening here too ! Silver grass is much nicer than green grass !

Self Taught Artist said...

I like checking in to see if you are still drawing on a regular basis and how the progress is coming along.
this is a wonderful surprise this last feline...NICE job!

J-Man Jeff said...

Thats a very great sketch. I'm not the greatest artist in the world (although i do alot of photography)...however, i admire the sketch...

iralamija said...

nice!

Bety.

1st Mate said...

Helena, you really do have tabby markings down! And her eyes are mesmerizing!

Helena said...

thank you all for the encouragement. I'm finding it hard to draw at the moment, I think it's the darker/shorter days- they get me down and uninspired!

I have an idea for the next one though....!

mur said...

That looks great, nice work.

Helena said...

Thanks, Mur.
& thanks for the visit- I enjoy your site!

I hope I can get back to drawing soon.

Helena

Shrink wrapped scream said...

It looks perfect to me, girl! How I envy you your talent..

Janet said...

I love this!! In fact, I just looked at all your drawings and like them all. You must have a lot of cats!!