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Pencil portrait of a girl with a cat
By LateStarter63   |   Watch
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Published: December 7, 2016
© 2016 - 2019 LateStarter63
Graphite pencil drawing of a girl holding a young cat, on A4 Daler Rowney Airbrush Bristol board.

Pencils: Mars Lumograph (4B), Faber Castell 9000 (6B and 8B), mechanical pencils 0.2mm/2B, 0.3mm/2B and 0.5mm/4B with Ain Stein leads.
Blending: Blending stump from Royal Langnickel and Boldmere,  and paper tissues.
Erasing: WH Smith kneadable eraser, Tombow Mono Zero Ultra-fine eraser, Jakar battery electric eraser. 
Indentation:  Royal Langnickel embossing tools.
Photo adjustment using GIMP: Removal of barrel distortion; Cropping to A4 ratio and removal of perspective distortion; Cropping unfinished edges of drawing; Adjustment of histogram.

The photograph which I used as reference for this drawing is from Wikimedia, Girl with a young cat, and is in the Public domain.  The photographer who kindly gave his lovely photo this designation is Joaquim Alves Gaspar

I made extensive use of my 0.2mm/2B mechanical pencil on both the fur and for the skin tone in this drawing.

Here is a link to the drawing process for this drawing:  Girl and Cat Drawing Process by LateStarter63

Here are other drawings that I have made from photo references from Wikimedia:

Pencil portrait of Gene Tierney by LateStarter63  Pencil portrait of a cheeky Madagascan girl by LateStarter63  Pencil portrait of a Pareci girl by LateStarter63   Pencil portrait of a Himba Woman by LateStarter63
Image size
3496x2440px 2.53 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Panasonic
Model
DMC-FS10
Shutter Speed
10/200 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Dec 7, 2016, 1:07:14 PM
Software
GIMP 2.8.14
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Stunning! Breathtaking! Saying I'm impressed would be a huge understatement.
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LateStarter63Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much and thank yo too for the llama.
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Electric-RaichuHobbyist Digital Artist
wow
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LateStarter63Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, George, and thank you too for adding this and my Pencil portrait of two girls from Da Lat to your favourites.
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:happybounce: :happybounce:  This pulls me back in time  for some reason.  Love it. 
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LateStarter63Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Suezn.  Whenever I see this (it hangs on our living room wall) I too go back in time to when I was a child and I would cuddle our cat.   I can 'feel' the softness of the fur on the cat's legs on the girl's face.
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  Yes, you see when I was a young girl like her, (a long time ago :) my older sister came home with a kitten. She named the kitten a spanish name, and that name was "Gris" (she was learning spanish in school), which means "Gray."  Unfortunately, a few weeks later my sister was killed in a car accident.  The kitten lay on her bed at night, and I would play with him, cry, etc.  He was a special cat to me.  So you see, it feels good to remember those smaller things that were happening in life and we didn't notice much at the time.  Aside from your artwork being stunning, this one not only is stunning, but truly provoked an endearing memory that means the world to me.  I thank you for that.  

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LateStarter63Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am sorry to hear your story, but glad that the memories that my picture evokes are not all sad. 
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Thank you.  No, not sad.  A time in life I get to go back for a bit. Hug 
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Wow really pulled one out of the bag here Clive. Subtle, striking and vivid at the same time. Your portraits are so beautiful
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LateStarter63Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much and thanks too for the fave.  Wondering how I would tackle the cat's fur made me delay drawing from the lovely reference, but I eventually had to give in and try it.  It resulted in what I feel to be one of my best drawings.
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This is my favorite!
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Thank you, Anizza.  It is one of mine too - I have it framed in our sitting room (along with 19 others!)
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Clive this is just amazing art.:) (Smile) 
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Thank you very much, Robert, and thank you too for adding this drawing and that of a girl from the Lu ethnic group to your favourites.
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Thank you very much and thanks for the fave and for the 'Watch'.
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nyanmerecatHobbyist Traditional Artist
That is hilarious I don’t know how it got in the comment but I decided to keep it
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AngelaMendeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely wonderful work! 
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LateStarter63Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Angela.
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KotombiroHobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love your drawings! They are beautiful!
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LateStarter63Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Kate.  I select beautiful references.
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MoonsoulTRHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure if you've gotten these kinds of comments a lot already, but at first I seriously thought this drawing is a photograph. The love and passion you poured into this is amazing! I love this a lot really. This again shows that, if you pay attention to the small details, the drawing will look even better. 
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LateStarter63Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Rain.  Yes I can confirm that I have received such a comment before.  I am rather obsessed with getting detail in my drawings, but I have no imagination and can only draw literally from reference photos. 
Thank you very much for the fave on this drawing and its drawing process.
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