Another pet portrait, this time of the beautiful Miss Noel! Doesn’t she look fabulous, everyone? And cozy. Miss Noel is done in colored pencil, on 11″ x 14″ smooth Bristol board, as per the norm with my traditional illustrative work. Below, please check out my workflow for the image!
First, I created a sketch of Miss Noel using a standard HB pencil and a simple grid that I created and matched up in Photoshop to get the proportions right. This is an important step when trying to get an accurate representation of a person, or kitty!
Before laying down any colored pencil, I bumped up the levels (contrast) and saturation for the original photo in Photoshop, to help me get some colors that popped when I began putting down colored pencil. For this one, specifically, I adjusted the hue slightly as well, as the image appeared a bit yellowed. This really helped the reds pop. As usual, I began laying down the dark colors first, here with black and browns.
As you can see, I slowly added detail to the image–mostly in the form of a lot of fur! Finally, I think I ended with a successful piece. A random artistic change was the solid colors for the quilt that lies underneath the checkered blanket. There is no particular reason for this. At the beginning, I thought it would just be easier than copying all of the original detail of the quilt, but at the end, I was actually disappointed that I’d already laid solid colors out, as I actually wanted to put more detail in. In any case, I do like the vibrant colors on the quilt that I ended with.
And that is it for Miss Noel! Forever immortalized, in pristine comfort and beauty, on checkers and stars… Hope you all enjoyed!