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.

Freda, update 3

Freda in window, update number three. Still using the 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil, I defined Freda's chest and darkened the window sill.
Freda in window, update number three. Still using the 2H woodless pencil, followed by a light covering of a HB pencil, I defined Freda’s chest and darkened the window sill.

Freda in window, update number three. I defined the chest area by lightly shading the sunbeam area on the window. Part of the window sill can be recognized now, and I have also deepened the body, and darkened parts of Freda’s head and side. Again, at this point, I am using a 2H woodless pencil and an HB pencil.

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.