How to Draw a Long Haired Cat in Pastel
How to Draw a Long Haired Cat in Pastel

Welcome to my studio.
This lesson will demonstrate how to draw a long hair cat in pastel. Please follow
along and enjoy. I am drawing on a UART sanded paper with
several Carbothello and Pitt pastel pencils, along with some Nu Pastel
medium-hard sticks for this portrait. I like to begin with the eyes of my cat
first. I initially put a layer of light blue and gradually developed the color,
and then the shape of the eyes. Once I have defined the outline of the eyes
with the black pastel pencil, I will blend more blues and greens to the eyes
and add some final highlight reflections. I will continue to develop and shape her
eyes throughout this video, but it’s good to establish a good foundation. As I
begin the body of the cat, I start by applying a layer of dark pastel to the
dark areas of the cat, and blend it with using a piece of foam. I press lightly
with the pastel stick so I don’t fill the tooth of the paper too quickly.
Once I have blended some of the color on the surface, the next layers of color
are easier to blend using my fingertips. For the rest of the video, I will be
developing the fur with my pastel pencils and I will try to create its
texture and softness. Since this is a time-lapse video
I will periodically throughout it add my comments to help clarify my process and
techniques to create texture and softness to the body of the cat. So,
please continue to follow along with the music. I am adding a light color of pastel to the background of the portrait, and I
will use a piece of foam to blend the color into the paper. It’s very useful
with the first layers, otherwise it might irritate my skin trying to blend it with
my fingers. But once I’ve applied one layer of color to the paper it’s much
easier to add other colors and blend with my fingertips. I am using my pastel pencils to develop
the underlying hair in the cat’s face with shades of darker grays, beige, and
light gray in the lightest areas of her face. Much more details will be added
later once the entire body has been covered. The finest layers of white will
be saved for last. The fur in the body of the cat is thick
and long, so to create that illusion of thick hair, it’s necessary to apply darker
layers of color first and build additional light areas on top. Again, the
whitest white will be added last. So, I begin shaping the cat’s chest, legs
and feet. I block in the darkest areas first. Once blended, I switch to my
pastel pencils to shade and begin some of the fur details. I have been gradually developing the
background of this portrait throughout my video, but I have decided to add the
darker mauve which complements the cat nicely. I will continue to develop the
area where the cat is sitting with shades of gray and then shape the
shadows casting beneath her body with some of the mauve color found in the
background of the portrait. Now that the entire portrait has been
nearly drawn, I will focus on the fur details very closely. It takes a long
time to add all the details to the portrait, but it certainly brings out the
beauty of the animal. By adding the whitest whites to the fur, the contour and
definition of the cat stands out and the portrait seems to come to life. I hope you have found this video helpful
and I look forward to sharing more videos and tips with you.

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