Ginger cat and dog pastel practice

Today’s practice I followed Matt’s tutorial for the cat in the pastel animals course, yesterday Willie the dog. To mix it up a bit a did a ginger rather than Tabby cat.
I’m not sure how to get the background less dirty looking? although happier with the cat I finished today. All good practice. Ive used white canson mi teints on smooth side, pan pastels, sticks and pencils.



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They look great! The fine lines you pulled out for the fur and whiskers is a great job!

The only thing I’d suggest as a critic is to even out the background around the dog’s head. It’s like he has a “dark halo” sort of aura in the background dark like a shadow of a contour of his head. That should be easy to smudge together yet. I don’t see any problem with the cat or background, or the dogs head.

I’m eager to learn enough to get this level of detail out of pastels. I smudge it all together with hands since I don’t have an easel and … well, lazy. I keep forgetting the tissue or drawing glove to not smear. Anyway, you did an amazing job on both of these, even if it was following a tutorial!

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Both of them are great. Love them both

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Sooz,

I agree that you did a great job on both. Also, on the cat the eyes really pop! Gorgeous green eyes!

Nice work.

Teri

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They both look great! I like how you did your backgrounds and LOVE the eyes on the cat. I’m not brave enough to get into the pastels so congratulations on that!

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One more comment/question - I see that you have a date on them but where is your signature? I really struggle with putting my signature on my work (because I don’t like it and I never know where to put it). I’ve started dating the back of my pieces and including the medium(s) used along with what paper I used for future reference.

These are practice pieces so I haven’t signed them. That’s a great idea to put notes on the back for future reference.

@Sooz AMAZING!!! they are boyh beautiful! Great job!

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