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A Step By Step Tutorial on Drawing Your Kitty!

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I recently saw a Facebook post by Debbie,  a work associate,  of her kitty “Pumpkin” and I asked if I could do a drawing of it. She gladly said “YES!” and I did a mixed media drawing that harkened back to a look reminiscent of a sketch from renaissance days. To create a surface to work on, I used alcohol ink stains by Tim Holtz (see video below) to create a rich antique leather-like surface and used Koh-I-Noor “Giochonda” Artists Pencils in charcoal, black, sepia, white and red chalk, powdered titanium white and Powder Blender (from I also used a few traditional colored pencils from Caran d’Ache to add Ochre and Sepia colors. The video is self explanatory and lists materials used.

A Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Debbie’s kitty Pumpkin – 6.5″x9″ on Aquarelle Watercolor Paper – 140lb. Hot Pressed Watercolor Block

Fixative used was Blair Marker Fixative (after treating paper with alcohol ink) and Krylon Matte Workable Fixative (two very light coats at the end – if you use too much fixative, you may need to brighten the whites a bit if the fixative dulls it).

Enjoy and please leave me any questions or comments!


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“The Stick Man” Chalk on Pastel Board 8″x10″

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>I took this gentleman’s picture about 25 years ago. His name was P.K. Hallet and he had been written up in the Atlanta Journal. I stopped by his truck and had a good chat. He had dozens of canes he had carved and was selling them out of his truck. I’ve always wanted to do something with this picture and saw this piece of 8×10 gray pastel board and decided to do a chalk drawing with General Chalk Pastel Pencils. What a great combination!

Size: 8″x10″

Price: $99 with Free Priority Mail

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