Friends Forever tutorial by KaterinaArt

Friends Forever tutorial

by KaterinaArt in Tutorials

I updated my website with a walk through of my newest portrait "Friends forever" if you want to view larger pics of the step by step click zoom or visit my website i uploaded huge image

Tips and tricks:
My apologies if some of the pics are grainy, i used my digital camera to take
the WIP pics instead of scanning.

Here are some tips and tricks
i used to create my "Friends Forever" artwork. This was a portrait artwork completed with graphite and charcoal pencils

I started out by shading very lightly the entire portrait and kitty with an H2 pencil
i kept my shading smooth and my pencil strokes close to each other without adding pressure to my pencil.

I used charcoal General's 2b medium pencil for the eyes
eyebrows , kitty eyes and all dark areas . When using charcoal over pencil you have to be careful not to use too many layers of graphite
charcoal pencil will never go over it , it will glide.
I blend charcoal very lightly with a pencil stump for larger areas i use tissue or chamois cloth.

The girls skin tones, hair, earring(jewelry),hands/arms worked with graphite.
The shirt design worked with a light coat of h2 pencil
and then used my stump that already had charcoal residue to do the
dots designs i went over with charcoal for darker spots.

I then move on shading the kitty with my pencil stump and adding more
darker contrast with my charcoal pencil,for the eyes,nose ,
the kitty's fur is worked
with only residue form charcoal and my kneaded eraser which i use to pull out
highlights, for really extra white highlights i use my electric eraser

I added some shading in the background and then used my kneaded
eraser to give a cloudy almost faded effect.

You can see what the final portrait looks like,
hope you enjoyed the step by step.

Art Tools used : Strathmore Smooth Bristol Board
H2,2b Graphite Pencils
General's Charcoal 2b medium hard pencil
Pencil Stump

Hope this walk through was helpful.
Tutorial copyrighted to Katerina Koukiotis

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  • paintov3r


    thanks for sharing! ":D

    Dec 12th, 2012 Reply
  • Veronikka


    thanks for sharing your talent ms.katerina...this tutorial encouraged me to practice more..i hope i can reach one of my goals,which is to sketch portraits using charcoals and pastels..

    Nov 27th, 2012 Reply
  • ZejnebAT


    Thanks for posting the tutorial Kat! It reminds me just how difficult it is to draw this well, I'll never be able to get that good at drawing, that's for sure! lol

    Dec 23rd, 2011 Reply
    • KaterinaArt


      (((zejneb)) dont be so hard on yourself , thank you so much for all your support merry christmas ,happy holidays ♥   °☆  ¸. ● .  ★  ★ ° ☾ ☆ ¸. ¸  ★ ° . .    . ☾ °☆  . * ● ¸ .   ★ ° :.  . • ○ ° ★  .  * .   ☾   .   °  . ● .    °☆  ¸. ● .  ★  ★ ° ☾ ☆ ¸. ¸  ★ ° . . . ☾ °☆  . * ●

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      Dec 24th, 2011 Reply Subscriber
    • ZejnebAT


      Aww, you're so welcome Kat! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!!

      Dec 26th, 2011 Reply
  • JurgenDoe


    Beautiful work Katerina

    Dec 21st, 2011 Reply Subscriber
  • doux-amer


    Very well done, I would like to have your talent!

    Dec 21st, 2011 Reply