White hairs in graphite drawing

Hi there,

I’ve been enjoying the realistic graphite drawing course and I thought I’d bring my newly acquired skills into practice by drawing a portrait of one of my own cats. So far so good, but my cat’s fur is a mixture of white (or lighter coloured) and dark hairs (including black). On a separate piece of paper I’ve been trying to add different kinds of white (white charcoal, white soft pastel, white hard pastel, white coloured pencil, white gel pen) over graphite, but that doesn’t work. So far my solution has been to leave areas of white, or use my eraser pencils (for the whiskers), but is there any other way? For the finer hairs even the mono zero eraser pencil is too crude.

Thanks!

Edit: I’ve added my photo reference in case that helps. (the name on the photo is my partner’s, he took the picture)
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Very well done. I love it.

I wish I could take the credit, but this is the actual reference photo :wink:
I’m just wondering how to draw (or not draw) the white hairs between the dark ones.

i recently purchased and I think Matt may have shown them in a get sketchy episode a set of tools to carefully scratch lines in the paper before you apply graphite. Then when you make your marks the scratch marks are left without any graphite. Before i purchased the set i used the end of a paper clip .Try it on a practice sheet first to get the pressure right and see if you like the effect.
tom

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Thank you! I’ll try that.

Try white gouache with a very fine brush. Deb

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Have you tried the edge of a white semi-hard pastel stick? I worked really hard on a picture of my Jack-Rat and because she is a white dog, I have used this after drawing her a darkish gray. I 1think it turned out well. I need to go ahead and sign it and post it here.

Lenora

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I did, tried several kinds of pastels but the graphite is too smooth, so it won’t stick. Did you use graphite or coloured pencil for your drawing?

It was done with a stick (soft and semi-hard pastels. She is a Jack-Rat with a broken coat, so she has whiskers that are mostly around her face and neck (it was just a portrait. Even though I have not signed it, I will do so and maybe you can see how I used the edge of a semi-hard stick of the pastels to get it to look like her.

Lenora

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