Two Cats in a Beam – Not Quite Done

Two Cats In A Beam - Beginning

Two Cats In A Beam - Beginning

I thought I’d let you take a peek at Two Cats in a Beam. It’s not quite done yet. I’ve blocked in the major shapes and have started adding detail to the cat on the right. I blocked in everything to a value midway between the lightest and darkest values in each area so that I could easily add highlights and shadows on top of that base value. I love drawing this way.

About Carol

I'm an artist, author, and teaching artist. I've been writing about drawing on this website since 1999 and drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I love teaching others how to draw too.
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2 Responses to Two Cats in a Beam – Not Quite Done

  1. Suzanne says:

    Wow, it is already so beautiful…I can’t wait to see what more you do! It is so interesting reading about your process. I’ve never considered working with a middle value first, especially with pencil. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Carol says:

    Thanks Suzanne!

    I think working from a mid value is a quick way to get a drawing started … and then you can sneak up on the details as you want.

    Happy drawing to you,


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