On the drawing board: Freda (update 5)

Michael Brugh's graphite drawing update number 5, of the cat Freda, using a General 9xxb pencil.
Freda’s coat is deepened by using a layer or two of a Kimberly 9xxb graphite pencil . I discovered the technique when I was looking for a way to create more contrast, and reduce the “shine” that regular graphite pencils make on paper. J. D. Hillberry suggested this pencil as a way to remedy that.

Freda's coat is starting to come together now. I start to show the dramatic lighting by beginning work on the blinds, plus her shadow. She is relieved to actually have a place to sit now!

On the drawing board: Freda (update 4)

Graphite drawing of Michael Brugh.
Update number 4. I lightly filled out the rest of her fur, and began defining the window sill.

Freda now has a complete coat, except for the fact that it is a bit light. I'll accent that more later. At this point, I wanted to start to tie in the background to her, so I started building up the window sill with a combination of an HB woodless pencil and a 2H.

Daily Sketch (Red Reflection)

Red Reflection. I know, where's the red? Well, it is a rough sketch of an oil painting I plan to produce. The boat will have a red color scheme.
Red Reflection. I know, where’s the red? Well, it is a rough sketch of an oil painting I plan to produce. The boat will have a red color scheme.

I plan to produce this as an original oil painting. I am thinking of using a red color scheme for the boat trim. I will probably set it in early morning, so cool morning light is called for here.

Freda, update 2

Michael Brugh
Freda in window, update number two. I began by defining the head and body with a 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil.

Freda in window, update number two. I began by defining the head and body with a 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil.

Companion Cats (calendar)

Face it, our precious cats are more companions than pets to us! They provide love, joy and friendship throughout our time as their cat guardians. I designed this 12-month 2015 calendar, and features contented (maybe even a little spoiled) cats! A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Alley Cat Allies, and to a Jackson County, Mississippi animal foster and rescue group.